Let’s start with this one: WOW! It took 2 seasons of trying to trade Luongo for Canucks GM to give up and trade his 1B in Corey Schneider. 8 months later and Eddie Lack is the starter in Vancouver. Eddie Lack fantasy owners have to be ecstatic about this, because unless the Canucks pick up another formidable NHL goaltender in the next 22 hours….well, Eddie Lack is going to be seeing more ice time than just about any other player over the final month and a half of the season.
The Canucks get the once-promising Jacob Markstrom back in this deal, but Markstrom has struggled with injuries and inconsistency over the past 2 seasons, with him posting a woeful 3.52 GAA and .874 SV% in 12 NHL appearances this season. We all know how much John Tortorella loves Swedish netminders (See also: Lack and Lundqvist), but I just don’t see Markstrom becoming a Torts favorite anytime soon. If Lack is available in your league (currently owned in just 21% of Yahoo leagues), go pick him up!!
Luongo ends up in a very interesting situation (tell me if you’ve heard this one before) back in Florida. Tim Thomas is the incumbent starter and it will be interesting to see how head coach Peter Horachek manages his goaltending situation with 2 bonafide NHL starters. The bad news for the Panther fans and Luongo owners is that the team in front of either goalie is still just as bad as it was yesterday. Luongo’s respectable numbers from this year are only getting worse, and he will probably see fewer starts than he would have in Vancouver.
Matthias is a 4th line contributor who will likely fill some of the minutes lost when the Canucks traded Dale Weise to the Canadiens prior to the Olympic break. He doesn’t have much fantasy value except in deeper leagues. He’s posted 16 points (9G, 7A) and 14 PIMs in 59 games so far this season. On a Tortorella-coached team, there’s no way that figure goes up and Matthias has 1 more year left on his contract. I hope he likes blocking shots more than his 17 blocks this season suggests!
Anthony is the extra player going to the Panthers with Luongo. He’s likely a throw-in, as he’s been playing in the CHL and his Entry Level deal expires at the end of this season. No value there.
This one is a big win for Dale Tallon and the Panthers.