Fantasy hockey mailbag: MacKinnon makes managers miserable

Matt Larkin
Nathan MacKinnon owners haven't gotten anywhere near the production they expected of him this season. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Raise your virtual hand if you’ve been in this situation before: you have a sore throat and that wonky knee of yours is bothering you, too. You head to your family doctor and spot a sign taped to the wall: “Please limit your visit to one issue.” What does that mean? Are you seriously supposed to make two appointments?

I’m out to right that wrong in this week’s fantasy mailbag. Many readers crammed multiple questions into their “one” question. But I’ll answer them all if it’s the last thing I do.

John Daniels (@Daniels1984J) asks…
Is it time to bail on Nathan MacKinnon (i.e. take anything in a trade)? I feel like I’ve been holding out for too long.

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Fantasy hockey mailbag: Why Vatanen is (mostly) for real and Brodeur is (mostly) not

Matt Larkin
Sami Vatanen (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It’s not…too…late.

So you’re mired in the basement of your hockey pool standings. Your dad, your boss and your friggin’ 10-year-old niece ridicule you endlessly. Don’t take your ball and go home. Fight back.

I’m here to (hopefully) help. I’ve collected your excellent Twitter questions over the last few days, and I’ll answer as many as I can below. You’re welcome for the good advice / Sorry for the bad advice.

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Fantasy Mailbag: Is it time to trade Claude Giroux?

Darryl Dobbs
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The Steven Stamkos injury destroyed the chances of more than a few fantasy owners. But the good news is Claude Giroux seems to be back.  Let’s get to some letters!

Should I trade Antti Niemi and Henrik Lundqvist for Tuukka Rask and Carey Price?
Michael, Chicago

In a one-year format, I would say no. In a keeper format, that changes things. I would still say no if I have designs on winning this year. But if I’m throwing in the towel for this season and looking ahead to the future, I would prefer the Price/Rask side. Read more