Daniel Sedin is the NHL leader in points with 90 in 71 games. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)
The hooooooome stretch. Enough said - let’s get to the letters!
Hey Dobber! Really need your expert advice here. I have a keeper dilemma with a strong team. We are allowed to keep C, LW, RW, 2D, G and Util (so anything). I'm thinking of keeping Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Corey Perry, Jonathan Toews, Lubomir Visnovsky, Dan Boyle and Ryan Miller. I'm just uneasy about dropping Ilya Kovalchuk and Keith Yandle. Do you think I should keep Yandle over Visnovsky/Boyle and Kovalchuk over Toews for my Util?
Hey Matt - absolutely. You keep Kovalchuk over Toews because of, well, every single season Kovalchuk has ever had besides this one. You keep Yandle over Visnovsky because of Lubomir’s injury record. Over the past seven seasons, here are the number of games the Ducks defenseman has played: 73, 50, 82, 69, 80, 58 and 57. That translates to three healthy seasons out of seven. Not to mention I think Yandle will be a 70-point defenseman next season.
I am interested in your projections for D. Sedin for the next few seasons. I have him in a keeper league and am thinking of trading him in the off-season for two younger up and coming superstars (D. Sedin and xx for C. Stewart and B. Ryan) is on the table. I would think Sedin's value will never be higher...How many more seasons of elite production do you see from him? Would you make a move now or hold and enjoy the stats he delivers?
The Sedins will be a force in this league for years to come. They’re both healthy almost every season and that reliability in itself is priceless. They’ll bounce between 90 and 110 points for the next four seasons before you’ll see any kind of slowdown. Now is not the time to move these studs.
Hey Dobber, Long-time reader here - keep up the good work. So, simple question - probably one of hundreds like this at this time of year - who to cut? I’m in a 22-team league with daily changes that counts all forward positions. Scoring is goal weighted with a bit of extra credit for PIM/SOG. Goalies are wins only for the most part. We keep 14 and then cut to 12 right before opening night. My bubble players are Saku Koivu, Jussi Jokinen, Jiri Hudler, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Dan Girardi and a wildcard in Teemu Selanne. Which four of those do you keep over summer? Which two from that list do you predict will be keepers before next season starts?
Karl, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Hey Karl, I would keep Selanne (just in case), Hudler, Jokinen and Bouchard. Then I would be prepared to drop Selanne, if he retires, and either Bouchard or Hudler. Watch Bouchard for any signs of his concussion problems returning and watch Hudler for any signs of another horrible start. That’s a decision that may be easier to make the day before the season starts.
Hey Dobber, I am in a points-only keeper league, where we can keep six players for next season. I'm looking to upgrade my keepers for next season so I'm wondering which duo you would prefer to own: Sidney Crosby and Alexander Semin or Martin St-Louis and Loui Eriksson? Also, do you think Brad Richards is going to re-sign with Dallas in the off-season? Loui Eriksson's point production depends on playing with Richards.
John, Kelowna, B.C.
Hey John - Crosby. Sorry, what was the rest of that question? Whatever keeper option leaves you with Crosby, go with it. I don’t need to read any further.
As for Brad Richards - no, I don’t think he will stay in Dallas. Too many teams have freed up cap space to go after him hard this summer.
Hi Dobber, I’m in a points-only keeper league. I’m looking for some under the radar guys for next year already. I’m thinking about players that are on pace for 50 points or less this year who could hit 60 points, or more, next year. Any thoughts?
Jason, Victoria, B.C.
Hi Jason, a few names come to mind. Bryan Little in Atlanta, Derek Stepan in New York and defensemen Alex Goligoski in Dallas and Erik Karlsson in Ottawa. Those are some young players who should take another step in 2011-12. Some veterans who fell back this year and should rebound: Travis Zajac, Mike Cammalleri and Jason Spezza. Another intriguing name who I’d like to give one more year before giving up on is Chicago’s Michael Frolik.
Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Corey Crawford? I'm in a 16-team roto keeper league, in which we keep eight players. I would like to keep one goalie (W, L, GAA, SV%, SO). Right now I'm thinking of keeping either Rask or Thomas, but I'm not sure of which one. I am also considering Crawford, but I'm not sold just yet. I am in first right now and hoping to win it all this year and have a good young team so I am playing for the now and near future. Who would you keep?
That’s a tough question, but since a lot of people are struggling with the Thomas vs. Rask scenario, I’ll weigh in. I would keep Rask. He’s the best goalie in terms of the next decade on that list, so although he may not help you much next season, he’s very close to being a top goalie in the league. But if it were me and I could keep eight, I would keep both Thomas and Rask, even if it meant dropping a star forward to do it.
I'm wondering what you'd advise as a strategy in leagues that have either a limited number of free agent pick-ups or a limited budget for pick-ups. For many years I used most, if not all, of my pick-ups early, figuring there usually are not too many good options left after the first month or two, other than maybe due to the trade deadline or major injuries. But in the past couple of years it seems like more worthwhile players are emerging later in the season (two good examples for this year - Teddy Purcell, Michael Grabner). What's your take?
I never blow all my moves early and would only bid heavily on a player early if that player is a goaltender. In a bidding situation, I make sure I have a handful of backup bids in place and generally don’t take it too hard if someone outbids me for my first choice. I must have bid 50 times this year at the $1 minimum and I won at least three-quarters of them. In some cases, winning my backup bid actually paid off (I got Grabner that way). So as late as last week, I still had $20 of my $100 just by going the cheap route. Same goes for limited moves - I try to leave 20 percent of them for the start of March.
Would you rather have Chris Kunitz or James Neal on your team for the remainder of the season in a head-to-head league? Categories are goals, assists, +-, PPP, PIM, ATOI, SOG.
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