Rapid-fire questions and answers…
What do you think about dumping Patrick Marleau for Mike Ribeiro? I think Patrick is getting splinters from riding my bench.
Rod, Miami, Fla.
Not a bad move, but going forward I still favor Marleau. I think Ribeiro will wind up with 70 points this year, while Marleau will have a strong second half and match, or better, that total.
Mike Cammalleri: 10 goals in 10 games to start the season and two goals in his past 15 games. What I can I expect the rest of the way?
Diego, Toronto, Ont.
More of that all season. That’s how Cammo works – tons of goals followed by almost none. In the end he should flirt with 80 points, though.
I'm being offered Marc Savard for Mike Richards. Is it worth it?
C, Toronto, Ont.
No matter what the rules are for your fantasy league, keeper or one-year, I would rather own Savard.
How do I find out which goalies will be in net and which ones will be on the bench?
Don, Philadelphia, Pa.
Easier said than done, as many teams do not announce their starter until close to game time. Inserting a shameless plug, my own site at www.dobberhockey.com updates starters as the news comes out. Another good site to reference is www.goaliepost.com.
I have four goalies: Ryan Miller, Carey Price, Kari Lehtonen and Marc-Andre Fleury. I started with Lehtonen and Fleury, picked up Price when Lehtonen got hurt, then Miller when someone dropped him. With Lehtonen coming off the injured reserve I'm going to have to drop at least one of these guys, any suggestions? Will Miller, Fleury or Lehtonen rebound from struggles and injury so far? Should I hang on to Price, since it seems that he'll be the Canadiens No. 1 goaltender sooner rather than later?
Eileen, Marquette, MI
What an excellent opportunity for a trade. Miller and Fleury have already started to turn it around, Lehtonen is back and Price gets an audition as the No.1 with Huet on the shelf with a groin injury. This season, a lot of goalies have disappointed. This means a lot of poolies are on the hunt for a good goaltender. Now is the time to trade Lehtonen or Miller (drop a skater to make room to keep Lehtonen). *(Clarification: I'm assuming that if Lehtonen comes off IR, a space needs to be cleared to make that happen. So drop a skater. Then activate and trade Lehtonen. If you do a two-for-one deal, you can then reclaim the skater that you dropped).* Shop them and see which one brings you a top forward or defenseman. None of your goalies should be dropped.
I know Martin Havlat is injury prone, but I also know he is a point producer. I have two questions. Is dropping Corey Perry for Havlat a good pickup? And, who would be better as a right winger on your team, Patrick Sharp or Martin Havlat?
Ron, Vancouver, B.C.
I would do that move in a heartbeat if you had unlimited weekly moves. However, given Havlat’s injury proneness, I would not do that move if you only had, say, five moves per season. As for Sharp vs. Havlat, it's the same situation. Sharp looks as though he could top 60 this year, whereas Havlat is capable of so much more, but do you feel lucky? I would take Havlat and just be prepared to switch him back out if/when he gets hurt again.
I have a question about some D issues I've been having in my roto league. On my blueline I have Michal Rozsival, Andrei Markov, Sami Salo, and Lubomir Visnovsky. I’ve been getting decent numbers from them except for Salo and Lubo. I was thinking about dumping Lubo and getting a bruiser to rack up penalty minutes, where I am consistently getting killed. My question is, will Lubo’s (or for that matter, the Kings) game turn around to the point where getting rid of him for penalty minutes would be a bad idea?
Zack, Los Angeles, Calif.
I don't think Visnovsky will slip when it’s all said and done. The past two seasons he has a .84 points-per-game average and while the Kings are giving a lot of power play time to Jack Johnson and Rob Blake, Visnovsky is still very much in the picture. The Kings are an offensive team, but don't expect Visnovsky's plus/minus to look nice. I think he’ll still flirt with 55 points. I would, however, consider dropping Salo and picking up Dustin Byfuglien. The Chicago rearguard has seen some time at forward and has not only produced the points, but he's also good for big penalty minutes…Just something to keep in mind.
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