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Alex Pietrangelo has 34 points and a plus-11 rating in 60 games this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Alex Pietrangelo has 34 points and a plus-11 rating in 60 games this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The trade deadline has come and gone. How did it impact your fantasy squad? Let’s get to the letters!

Hey Dobber! I've got Craig Anderson, Martin Brodeur and Pascal Leclaire in a keeper pool and my goaltending has been brutal. Brodeur is listed on IR (currently) and I only have Leclaire because there really isn't anyone else I can pick up. What's your take on Anderson? Is he proving to be a mediocre starter, or should I keep the faith in this guy? Always appreciate your insight!
Mark, Markham, Ont.


It should be noted that Mark sent this in just prior to the Ottawa trade. I’ll eat some humble pie on this one. I figured Anderson was certainly done for this year and possibly his career - it seemed as though his knee injuries were so bothersome he had lost a step. I didn’t see him coming out of his tailspin at all and I think his frustration was really starting to show in Colorado. Two weeks later and my how things have changed. In five games with the Senators, Mr. Anderson has allowed just six goals. He’s playing for a contract now and I think that will show with some pretty solid numbers down the stretch.

Hi Darryl, My keeper league (points only) lets us have five players on our farm team (they must have played fewer than 26 NHL games to be eligible to be put on the farm and once they are over 82 games they must be taken off the farm). My rookies are: Vladimir Tarasenko, Derek Stepan, Alexander Burmistrov, Jordan Schroeder and Beau Bennett. All will still be eligible to stay on my farm team next year, but I have two first round rookie picks and here are some of the available players I am considering drafting: (tier one) Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (tier two) Tomas Tatar, Brendan Smith, Ryan Murphy, Jaden Schwartz (tier three) Brett MacLean, Chris Kreider, Linus Omark (tier four) Jonathan Huberdeau, John Moore, Joey Hishon. I was thinking of keeping Tarasenko and Stepan and dropping the three others. Schroeder and Bennett could always be redrafted. What would Dobber do?
Daniel, Dieppe


I would drop those three players as well. And Bennett need not be drafted until 2014 - look how long it has taken Dustin Jeffrey to latch on with the Penguins. I would prefer, in order:
1. Nugent-Hopkins
2. Landeskog (a close second)
3. Couturier
4. Larsson
5. Tatar
6. Burmistrov
7. MacLean
8. Omark
9. Schroeder
10. Smith

Hey Dobber, I am in a bit of a dilemma with my keeper team this year. I seem to be trending backwards with a strong team on paper. I am wondering who I should keep (select 10) and who should I trade? Who I plan to keep: Ryan Getzlaf, Nicklas Backstrom, Anze Kopitar, Claude Giroux, Drew Doughty, John Carlson and Henrik Lundqvist. I need help with the following: Tuukka Rask, Sergei Bobrovsky, Semyon Varlamov, Tyler Myers, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Alex Pietrangelo, Jakub Voracek, Brad Marchand and Ryan Callahan. Obviously, I would like to flip a goalie for a top forward. I could flip Lundqvist for Bobby Ryan, but that leaves my current goaltending very suspect. I know I need PIM and goals.
Travis, Mitchell, Ont.


Hey Travis, I would also keep Rask, Bobrovsky and Pietrangelo. There are your 10 right there. No need to trade for Ryan, you have a lot of players on down years who should, for the most part, improve in a big way next season. See if you can improve your draft situation by shopping Voracek, Bergeron, Krejci and Myers. I bet you get some nice picks for those guys. Using the picks and your 10 keepers, you should come back strong in 2011-12.

Waiver wire pickup: Mike Fisher (NSH) or Andy McDonald (STL)? Will the trade help Fisher’s numbers? McDonald gives you the C or LW option.
Tim, Boston


Take McDonald. He is doing extremely well so far with Chris Stewart, whereas Fisher is starting to struggle with Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat. However, Fisher’s wingers are very streaky so if they ever get on a hot run I may regret this advice. But McDonald is a pretty safe play.

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