By CHRIS NICHOLS -- SLAM! Sports
Hey Chris - as a new year's resolution I dumped Arnott and Bondra to pick up Datsyuk and Recchi. It isn't exactly paying off the way I'd hoped. Luckily I have some top guys (Naslund, Hejduk, and Lang) to keep the points coming in but I was expecting a bit more production out of my trade. Any thoughts on Datsyuk/Recchi?
Thanks for the feedback.
I think those were good moves that you made. Datsyuk has been amazing over the last calendar year and Recchi, although slow lately, will come around.
Chris: What do u think of my Comrie for his Selanne? Selanne has really stunk it up this year...
Worst-case scenario, the trade is a wash. Best-case, Selanne comes out of his funk and lights it up. I'd make the deal to get Teemu.
I need your help. Yahoo H2H League with PIM. I've been offered Joe Sakic for Pavel Datsyuk and Brian Leetch. Leetch is not a regular starter for me, but is valued depth. My intuition says to take this deal because Sakic should get better as the Avs get all their pieces back, while Dats may tail off because with the Wings getting healthier, their offensive output will get spread out more. Datsyuk had his best month when the Wings were the walking wounded, and has slowed down since. Your thoughts?
Mike in Michigan
Tough call. Sakic is a stud, no question. Don't sell Datsyuk short though, because he's been a point-per-game player for the last calendar year. Leetch is really the wild card if he can start producing like his normal self.
My league has 6 offensive cats (Goals, Assists, Points, +/-, Power Play Goals, Shorthanded Goals) and we can keep 10 players out of 18 next year. I'm currently in first place. My most droppable at this point are Gaborik, Gagne, Lindros, and Ribeiro. Both Modano and Heatley are available...should I stand pat or bid on one or both? If so, who to drop?
Thanks for the expert advice, Sean in Chicago
Man, if you can keep 10 going into next year, grab Heatley and Modano immediately. Drop Gagne and Ribeiro. Gaborik stinks now, but could make the cut and will one day be an 80-90 point player.
Hey Chris! Nash for St. Louis? (Almost basic yahoo pool, me getting Nash)
St. Louis is a well-rounded fantasy player and Nash is a goal-scoring machine. If you can benefit from the goals and could use his PIM's and SOG, go for it and get Nash.
Hey Chris, great fantasy advice....just a simple one here: in a league that counts goals, assists, +/-, pims, ppp, and gwg, I was offered: (my) Iginla, Boyle for Boynton, Bondra, and Murray...I think Murray will start picking it up, but don't like the fact that I'm giving up Iginla.
What do you think? Thnx
I think your instincts are correct. You give up the best player in the deal and a D-man in Boyle that has picked it up offensively lately. Murray will be fine if the Thornton-Samsonov line sticks with him, but I'd rather have Iggy.
Hey Chris, love the column! You've beat out Dilbert as the first site I check every morning! :) I'm in a Yahoo league that counts G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG, SOG. I've been offered Tanguay, Recchi, and Thornton for Kariya, Alfredsson, and Comrie. It looks like a good trade, but I'm afraid my goal production will drop, and I already am very strong in the assist category. Should I stop second guessing myself and take the trade?
It's a pretty even trade, with Recchi beating out Comrie to win it for you. The top two players on each side of the deal are pretty much money in the bank, so it's pretty much a matter of who is your favorite at this point. I really don't think you lose out in the goals in this deal.
Chris: Thanks for all your help this season. I am in a yahoo h2h league that counts G, A, +/-, PPG and W, GAA, S%, SO. We are only allowed to start one goalie each week and they must get at least two starts. My goalies right now are Joseph, Hasek, and Kiprusoff (it's been a bummer of a year for me as you can tell.) I just traded Cechmanek for Iginla (because of Palffy's injury - bummer year). I'm pretty nervous about my goalie situation. I have someone who is willing to give me Roloson and Selanne for Hasek. Should I do it? Or should I hold onto Hasek in case he comes back (if he does Joseph may be useless to me). Should I try to deal Kippy? Or should I try to make a deal for a goalie with one of my forwards: Sakic, Bertuzzi, Iginla, Nash, Marleau, Guerin (we only start three each week)? Or should I just be patient and wait till near our trade deadline (March 3) to decide? Thanks again for your help.
Since you can only start one goalie per week, I would stand pat with Joseph and Hasek. Joseph will continue to dominate in start numbers until Hasek comes back. If Hasek comes back and is healthy, then Hasek will play. Either way, you get Detroit starts all the way.
Chris: Excellent column, I'm addicted to the info and insight that you give. I am always looking to improve my team.
I've made a few trades recently and I need your cool, calm and collected opinion. I just traded Gagne for O'Neil and Lecavalier and Johnsson (Kim) for Klee and Marleau. I also dealt Roenick and Roberts for Savard and Chara. At C I now have Drury, Vinnie L, and Savard, At LW I have Nash, Zetterberg, and (Drury) and RW I have Bure, Iginla, and now O'Neil. At D I have Pronger, Jovo, Niedermayer, Kim J and Chara. At G I have Osgood, Turco, Thibault (IR) and Prusek. Should I deal Turco for Heatley? And are my trades beneficial? I need to know!
I like the move to get Savard and Chara especially. I would not deal Turco for Heatley, because you'd want to be sure he's close to 100% first. Maybe you can give up Bure to get Heatley.
Chris thanks for all of the advice. What are your thoughts on my Sakic and Zherdev for Savard and Morrison? Keeper league with Sakic not protected next year as he is high priced. Thanks.
Under those circumstances, it's a good deal. Zherdev could be huge, but I don't know if that will come as soon as next year. Morrison is steady and Savard has shown himself to be pretty nice.
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