Sometimes, it's only one move, often of the smaller variety, that helps kick off the trade season. That's why the Calgary Flames' trade for Craig Conroy, bringing back a key component of their 2003-04 Western Conference championship team, could be a significant one as the league closes to within four weeks of the trade deadline.
For fantasy, Conroy might not seem like a significant name, especially if you look at his so-so totals of five goals and 16 points in 52 games for the Los Angeles Kings. In fact, he was scoreless with a minus-5 rating in his final six contests for them. Once a member of a potent top line coming out of the lockout, Conroy had since seen his role in Los Angeles dwindle, and the Kings' depth in centers made him a non-factor for much of the season.
In Calgary, Conroy gets a great chance to become fantasy-worthy once more, like he was in the early stages of last season. He managed 15 goals, 41 points and a plus-20 rating in his first 40 games of 2005-06, skating on one of the game's most productive lines with Pavol Demitra and Alexander Frolov. Those are the more encouraging totals that make Conroy an intriguing pickup in larger leagues, because back in Calgary, he'll get a chance to skate on a comparably potent line combination, perhaps on the first unit with Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius or, once he's healthy, Jarome Iginla, or on the second line with Tony Amonte and Alex Tanguay, which was his assignment in his Flames' debut.