Miikka Kiprusoff has been a notorious slow starter, so be patient with him.
As we do each week, let’s start with some rapid-fire question and answers…
Dobber, what do you think of dropping Lubomir Visnovsky for Alexander Semin? I have been reading that Semin should be returning to Washington's lineup next week. The hockey pool I am in counts two points per goal, so Semin should get more points than Visnovsky, right?
Dave, Calgary, Alta.
Hi Dave. That would be the move to make if your league does not require you to carry defensemen. No question.
What do you think of Devin Setoguchi? Can he continue his scoring streak?
Chris, Leamington, Ont.
Hi Chris. I think in a few years Setoguchi will be a 75- or 80-point player. For now, I think it's just a hot month. Similar to Joe Pavelski last year and Steve Bernier two years ago, he'll cool off as coach Wilson juggles his lines.
I'm in a hockey pool and I’m not doing too well. I’d say I have a good team but injuries are hurting my D-men. My top two (Sheldon Souray and Kevin Bieksa), are both on the IR and I can't find anyone to replace their point production. Any news about sleeper D-men would be great.
Harj, Vancouver, B.C.
Harj, here are some under-the-radar guys: Tobias Enstrom (Atlanta), Steve Wagner (St. Louis), Sandis Ozolinsh (San Jose), Paul Ranger (Tampa Bay) and Mark Streit (Montreal).
The most common question of the past week: What’s the deal with Miikka Kiprusoff?
‘Kipper’ started the season 0-2-1, with a 3.60 goals-against average and an .871 save percentage. His numbers have improved slightly since then, but he’s not been the Kipper that we have come to know. Calgary is still learning a new coaching system and whenever a team goes through such a drastic change there are always growing pains. Be patient with Kipper, his numbers are only going to get better. In fact, now is probably a good time to go after him for cheap in a trade.
Back to your letters…
Hi. I recently did a trade in a keeper league and I want to know what you think about it. I traded Alexander Ovechkin, Chris Higgins and Christian Ehrhoff and I picked up Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy and Sergei Gonchar. Also, another question – if I have to choose between Steven Stamkos and Kyle Turris for next year, which one would you go with?
Martin, Montreal, Que.
Hey Martin. I normally have a "never trade Ovechkin" rule, but you didn't do too badly here, especially if your league requires that you own a minimum number of defensemen. As for your other question, I do like Stamkos, but Turris is further along and he is the player I would prefer.
I've hung onto Ray Emery since the start of the season, but Martin Gerber is looking great and Emery has looked weak his past couple of starts. Should I keep him or grab another goalie? Our pool has 12 players, but we are allowed only two goalies (a starter and a reserve), so there are many other goalies left – what should I do? Thanks!
Tom, Sapporo, Japan
Tom - if there are lots of goalies left, then there's no need to sit on one. Normally I would say be patient with Emery, but in your situation there is no need for patience – get yourself another goalie!
I have an offer pending: Getting Eric Staal, Martin St-Louis and Pascal Leclaire; giving up Ilya Kovalchuk, Daymond Langkow, and Miikka Kiprusoff. Points are as follows: G(1), A(1), PPP(1), SHP(2), PIM(.5) for the forwards and W(2), L(-1), SV(.1), G(-.5), SO(3). Do I do this deal? I like the trade for the forwards, but I'm just not sure about Leclaire. Is he (and the Blue Jackets) for real? What about his history of injuries? My heart says that Kipper will turn it around.
Mike, Calgary, Alta.
Hi Mike. No way you do that deal – Kovalchuk is the best player in the trade and the bottom line is Kipper's numbers will top Leclaire's when it's all said and done. Columbus will continue to be a stellar defensive team, but Leclaire’s value is at an all-time high, while Kipper’s is at a low; don’t pull the trigger.
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