By CHRIS NICHOLS -- SLAM! Sports
I'm in a Yahoo points league. We play with G, A, +/-, PPP, SHP, GWG, W, T, GA, SV, SHO. Frolov is my 'One Drop' at the moment. He was hot for awhile, but seems to have cooled a bit. Do you think it's worth dumping him for Turek? Also - what is wrong with Jovanovski lately?
Love your column. Many thanks for taking the time to write back.
Jovo's points will come, no worries there. Frolov can be dropped, but Turek is still a bit of a question mark. I'd hold off on that one.
Hey Chris - excellent column with great advice. I have Peter Bondra on my roster and have a chance to deal him for Mark Recchi, Tony Amonte, Owen Nolan, or Martin St. Louis. The question is: who is the most likely to produce big and stay healthy in the second half of the season? Thanks for the feedback!
Before the eye injury, I would have said Nolan. Assuming your league counts most stats, Recchi is probably the best bet. He'll improve your +/- and should be more consistent than Bondra.
Hi, Thanks for all the great advice so far this season. My question lies with your thoughts on Brian Leetch for the rest of the season. I think I can land Leetch by offering either Frolov or Zetterberg. Do you think it is worth it? Also, what kind of numbers do you think he will have over the 2nd half?
I wouldn't give up Zetterberg to get Leetch, but I would deal Frolov. Leetch is Leetch... he'll go through some ups and downs, but likely get another 18-22 points in the second half.
Hello again-just your thoughts on this trade-I would have asked your opinion beforehand but didn't want to risk losing it. I traded Rob Blake and Elias for Hedjuk, Jovanovski, and Mellanby. I'm in need of goals and picked up Hejduk without losing Tanguay, Alfredsson, or Marleau. Do you think Jovo will put up much better numbers in the second half? Also Modano for that matter. It's killing me to keep a player like that on the bench.
Good deal for you. Jovo and Blake are even and Hejduk kills Elias. Modano had actually been really hot before his groin injury, so I'd have no reservations about playing him once he's healthy.
Great columns Chris. With your help I'm now only a few points out of 1st in our points only pool. I'd like your thoughts on 2 offers I have received: I'm offered Havlat & Selanne for Frolov & Lindros, which looks good but I don't know about giving up on Lindros. The other offer is for me to get Forsberg & Lidstrom by giving up Thornton & Antropov. This one looks real good; however Forsberg's health does worry me. Your thoughts? Cheers D
If you feel like taking a small gamble, accept both deals. Forsberg and Selanne should be pretty huge in the second half. However, I also think Thornton is going to be strong and he's less of an injury risk. The first deal is fine either way.
Hi Chris, Greetings from a huge hockey fan in Pittsburgh. Although we lost Mario and maybe the Penguins for good, you can make me feel better if you help me decide if it is prudent to drop David Legwand for Todd White. I read great reviews about Legwand but as a # 1 Center he is not delivering results. On the other hand, White is playing on a team loaded with centers but he is centering Hossa and Alfredsson and gets some PP time. As always, thanks for the advice and keep up the great work.
Cheers. Andy from Pittsburg
Yep, that's a good move. White is pretty hot right now.
Hey Chris, ASK SLAM Rocks!!! I can make 4 player changes is my pool at the all-star break. I would like to know how you think these players will perform in the second half of the season: Mike Peca, Gary Roberts, Mike Ribeiro, and Mike Cammalleri at forward. And Sheldon Souray, Lubomir Visnovsky at defense. Thanks for your opinions. You're doing a great job.
Roberts is your best bet at forward, while Souray and Vis should be fine on D.
A quickie for ya...In my H2H 18 team Yahoo league where I am short on RW's...A guy will trade me Iginla and Zubov for Tkachuk...Keith has been solid so I am afraid to move him but he is injury prone and Iggy is looks back. I could also use Zubov's assists.
What do you think?
Tough to give up Tkachuk, but it's a good move for your team. In a deep league like that, you'll be better off with Iggy and Zubov.
Chris, I'm in a yahoo league and comfortably in third place...I have Knuble for an extra forward....do u think he will return to the form that he played at last year...or should I drop him for a FA....some of the best FAs include: Nolan, Frolov, Schaeffer, Satan, v. Bure, Zednik, and Samsonov....who's my best bet if I should drop Knuble?
Knuble has been off the Thornton line for a few games. I'd drop him for Satan anyway, since Satan has really come on strong. Keep an eye on Nolan if he won't be out too long and Samsonov if he sticks on Thornton's line.
Love your column keep up the good work! Now that it appears that Kariya is back and healthy, should I offer Jagr for him straight up? I have Forsberg, Satan, Salanne, Havlat, Spezza, T. White and Sykora so I have decent forwards. What say you? Thanks!
I expect good numbers from Kariya, but I would not give up Jagr to get him. Try to deal Havlat or Satan or even a combo of lower forwards to get Kariya.
Chris, great info, keep up the good work. I would like your opinion on a trade offer. I have Jerome Iginla and have been offered Milan Hejduk for him. Our league is a Roto that scores pts, +/-, sog, pims, ppg, shg.
It's pretty even, actually. Hejduk should be awesome with Forsberg back and Iggy has been on fire lately. Hejduk might be safer bet, since he has more talent around him.
Well, the day has come... Paul Kariya has to come off IR and I must drop someone in return. Here's my dilemma. I'm in a Yahoo Head-to-Head that counts G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG. I am stacked at LW with Tkachuk, Satan (LW, RW), Doan (C, LW), LeClair, and Straka. And at RW I have Iginla, Bondra, Satan (LW, RW), Selanne, and Gaborik.
Easy answer: LeClair gets the boot.
The pool I'm in is calculated by points only. It's a nine team league in which you protect half of your 20 man roster every year. I have been offered Elias and Hamrlik for Richards and Zubov. If Tampa ever picks it up again, Richards likely will too. Hamrlik seems to be struggling to break double digits in points for some reason. I'm a little wary of Elias playing in the Pat Burns system. What are your thoughts? Thank you for your time. Brent.
In a pool of that size, Zubov is the only definite keeper and is therefore the side of the deal I like better. Hamrlik will have value if the Isles trade him or another D-man.
Your column has been a major reason that I'm in first place in my Yahoo H2H league, but the pack is catching up. By biggest problem right now is LW. We start 2. My top one is Kovalchuk, no problems there. My number 2 had been Radek Bonk, but he's been cold lately and apparently the subject of trade rumors. Who's going to give me the best numbers at LW down the stretch among this group: Bonk, Robitaille, York, McEachern, and Zetterberg?
Mike in Michigan
As a regular reader, you probably know my answer to this: Zetterberg. The others have possibility as well, but Z is the guy I like to be strong in the second half.
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