Just more than two weeks left in the regular season, some big decisions need to be made – let’s get to some letters…
Hi Dobber, I’m in a keeper league where you can pick four players at the end of the season for next year. I already have given up a No. 1 draft pick and Evgeni Nabokov for Ilya Kovalchuk, Rick Nash and Carey Price. I am trying to decide which player would be better to make up my fourth – Peter Mueller or Jonathan Toews. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Bill, Eau Claire, Wis.
I love Toews and think he is a great hockey player, but Mueller looks like a far safer pick in terms of his ability to stay healthy.
Maybe this season was just a fluke as far as Toews getting injured, but when the option is this close it is not worth taking a chance on. Go with Mueller.
Is there a chance Alexei Morozov will be back in the NHL? Of all the good players playing in Europe, which ones can we expect to see again in the NHL and how soon?
Steve, Bethany, Ont.
I doubt you will see Morozov back, Steve. No NHL team will pay him $4 million per season and it will take at least that amount to pry him out of little-taxed Russia.
Alexei Yashin may take another kick at the can, but I would be surprised if he could post even 65 points in the NHL nowadays.
The much-ballyhooed Fabian Brunnstrom will be brought across the pond by a lucky team; you can count on that.
The Boston Bruins have already brought Stanislav Chistov back, and I know that goaltender Robert Esche is having a great season over in Russia.
Don’t count on sneaking an impact player onto your keeper-league team via the European route.
After a very doubtful start to the fantasy season, I have ridden a very strong eight-game winning streak to capture second place and a bye in my league’s first round. I think right now I’m firing on all cylinders and am as strong as I can be in a 16-team league. However, spending most of the year between 9-11th place has me cautious in my run and I can still use the waiver to my advantage if need be. But I was just wondering going into the second round as is, if you could identify an area of concern I should try and address with my team scoring in all the standard H2H categories with daily changes: Centers: Mike Ribeiro and Eric Staal. Left Wings: Zach Parise and Alexander Semin. Right Wings: Alexei Kovalev and Jason Pominville. Defense: Chris Pronger, Andrei Markov, Niklas Kronwall and Rob Blake. Bench: Joe Sakic, Patrik Elias, Teemu Selanne, Dustin Brown and Tom Gilbert. Goalies: Miikka Kiprusoff and Vesa Toskala. What are my odds at a Cup or have I come as far as my roster can take me?
Mikhail, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hi Mikhail. With Pronger now under suspension and Blake just not the Blake of old, I would address the back end.
All your other positions are sound. One dark horse, depth defenseman to look at is Andrej Sekera of the Sabres. With their defense decimated, Sekera is a plus-6 with one point in the two blowouts this past weekend and he is getting decent ice time.
Chicago’s Cam Barker is another rearguard who may be available on the wire, although your league is so deep it may be tough to fill the two holes you have.
Starting this week, I’ll begin taking some questions about your upcoming playoff draft. There are lots of decisions to be made in the NHL’s second season!
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