Despite his recent struggles, Jose Theodore will have suitors this summer. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
It’s that “slow” time of year where keeper league owners are champing at the bit for some fantasy hockey talk. Let’s get to some letters!
What do you think is going to happen to Jose Theodore after the playoffs are over?
Fred, Guelph, Ont.
Unless the Avs win the Stanley Cup, expect Theodore to sign with a new team. He will go wherever he can start, which narrows the list down to Chicago (if they buy out Nikolai Khabibulin), Detroit (if they lose faith in Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard again), Los Angeles (if they buy out Dan Cloutier and want to give Jonathan Bernier more time to develop), Nashville (if they lose Dan Ellis), Tampa Bay (probably not, as they will likely go with Mike Smith) and Washington (if they lose Cristobal Huet).
Hi Dobber, I'm in a 16-team keeper league with a salary cap. Points are straight up and no plus-minus or penalty minutes. 56-player roster minimum. You must ice nine vet forwards, three rookie forwards, five vet D, two rookie D, and two goalies each week. So as you can see prospects are very important. Each year we hold an entry draft, FA draft and a drop list draft. Players can be dropped at any time during the year. With the Frozen Four now complete, who will make the bigger impact sooner, Nathan Gerbe, Chad Kolarik, or Kevin Porter? I have Gerbe and Porter and think Kolarik will still be available at my spot in the FA draft (he went undrafted in our pool), but I'm in some salary trouble and may need to drop one of the three.
Jeff, Calgary, Alta.
Hi Jeff. Kevin Porter is the clear-cut winner here. The Phoenix blue-chipper is coming off a Hobey Baker win and has seen some time on the wing – which is a spot where the Coyotes are weak. I think his odds are better than even that he makes the NHL squad in the fall.
Kolarik, while he is close to NHL-ready, is not as certain to become a solid contributor in the NHL as Porter. If I were to assign percentage odds on the two playing 500 career NHL games, I would give Porter 80 percent and Kolarik 60.
As for Gerbe, I am very high on his skill, but the only player his size to make it in the NHL was Theoren Fleury. He is a prolific player, but will he get a fair shake? If he does, it probably won’t be in the next two years.
Hi Dobber, I'm in a 10-team keeper league and we're allowed to keep any eight players - no positional restrictions. I finished seventh out of 10 last year so will be drafting fairly high next season. Of the following 15, which eight would you keep? Andrej Meszaros, Lubomir Visnovsky, Kimmo Timonen, Andrei Markov, Duncan Keith, Vincent Lecavalier, Marian Hossa, Thomas Vanek, Dustin Brown, Alexander Radulov, Sam Gagner, Zach Parise, Patrick O'Sullivan, Carey Price, Evgeni Nabokov. Thanks,
Dougal, Toronto, Ont.
Hi Dougal, the no-brainers are Price, Nabokov, Lecavalier, Hossa, Vanek, Radulov and Parise.
So that leaves one spot for either Brown or Gagner, because defensemen do not have the same upside as forwards. Although I like Brown for next year, I like Gagner long-term, so I would go with him.
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