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Turco turnaround?

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Some furious jockeying is going on in fantasy leagues as poolies try and right the ship before the Christmas break. Let’s get to some letters!

I'm in a Yahoo fantasy league where there is GAA and SP. Marty Turco is my goalie, but I'm getting so fed up with his poor season. Should I keep him or trade him?

Conner, Pembroke, Ont.

Hi Conner, I would explore a trade here, but it is entirely possible you will not get value in return. I think Turco will turn things around. In fact, in his past three games his save percentage is .929.

Hey Dobber. So what's the real outlook on Sergei Kostitsyn? I've heard you mention on here that you think he's a future top line 'stud.' He was getting more than a point-per-game in the American League last year before his call up and did fairly well as a rookie in the NHL. This season he's slumping so horribly that he went from the second line to the fourth line, to the press box. Now he may find himself back in the AHL. I'm in a keeper league where I have Simon Gagne, Riley Cote (for fighting majors) and S. Kostitsyn on my LW. Do I keep the struggling guy in the hopes he does turn things around eventually or would I be better off dropping him outright? Taking salaries into consideration, my options would be: Brunnstrom, Mason Raymond or trading a third round pick for Antti Miettinen. What's your take?

Logan, Calgary

Hi Logan. Without knowing what type of player you would get in the third round of your league, I would have to say trading may be the way to go. It is looking as though this will not be Sergei Kostitsyn’s year. However, the other options you list pale in comparison, as far as future success is concerned. Miettinen will give you much needed immediate help and if you can still keep Kostitsyn on your bench then that is the best move.

Dobber, I'm in a one-year roto league. I've already made the deals, but wanted to get your opinion. With Mats Sundin looking (hopefully) to make a decision soon and being a free agent in our pool, I dropped Mathieu Garon and added Mats. Also, when Roberto Luongo went down in November, his owner dropped him. I drafted Kari Lehtonen, but when Luongo opened up, I dropped him and picked up Roberto. This gives me a goalie stable of Luongo, Fleury, and King Henrik. Luongo is still on IR, but looks like he’ll be off soon and Sundin will return soon, hopefully. Was I wise in making these moves, or should I start looking elsewhere for points soon? Thanks!

Mitch, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Those were brilliant moves, Mitch. For 50 games you could very well be sitting on the three most productive goaltenders in the NHL.

In a keeper league, would you trade Kris Versteeg for Dustin Brown?

Shakey, Edmonton

If it is a points-only league and does not include playoffs I would make that deal – but it’s close.

Dobber, I am in a very deep, 20-team H2H keeper league with goalie stats counting for five of 13 categories (GS, W, GAA, SV%, SO). We have two goalie roster spots and I am carrying three: Luongo, Rick DiPietro and Antero Niittymaki. Given that it's near impossible to pick up anything worthwhile in the free agent pool, what do you think about trading away DiPietro to one of the rebuilding franchises - his 15-year contract seems to appeal to many - for scoring help? Because there is so little out there – Curtis Joseph is the only NHL goalie available - league managers consistently overpay for goaltending. Considering I have a top fantasy goalie in Luongo, can I ride him and hope Niittymaki gives me the odd start? Is this insane? Thanks!

Bill, London, Ont.

Bill, with five goalie categories I think it is imperative that you have two starters in your lineup. That being said, with DiPietro coming back within a month there will be some interest in him. However, I would not trade him for scoring help, I would trade him for goaltending help. Use him to get an older goaltender who is less injury prone. Dominate those five categories and find another way to fix the other ones.

Should I drop Dan Ellis for emerging starter Pekka Rinne?

Wyatt, Oakville, Ont

I would. Rinne is 6-1-0, while Ellis is 8-11-2. Furthermore, the Preds have a history of letting the backup steal the starting role (Ellis did it to Chris Mason last year, who in turn did it to Tomas Vokoun the season prior). It is a gut feeling of mine – a strong one, though – so there is some risk to making this move, but I would do it.

I am in a tough situation after losing Brodeur to injury early this season. I have Timmy Thomas from Boston, but am wondering if I am smart to drop him and pick up Manny Fernandez as he has looked hot as of late and has seen a lot of playing time... how do I find out who Boston considers to be their No.1 guy? Do I trade Timmy T for his "backup?"

Brad, Halifax, N.S.

Umm…no. I don’t think Thomas is in any danger when he is 8-1-1, with a 1.86 GAA and .940 SP in his past 10 games. Any further doubts on Thomas will be quashed if you read THN’s recent feature on him in the latest issue.

Firstly, who would you keep - Bryan Little, Loui Erikson or Shawn Horcoff? Also, goalies - Brent Johnson or Craig Anderson?

Andrew, Oakville, Ont.

In a keeper league, I would hang on to Little. In a one-year league, I would choose Horcoff. Anderson is the no-brainer pick for me, as far as those two goalies go.

Note regarding the Fantasy Mailbag – it is important to indicate whether or not your league is a keeper league or a one-year league. Also note whether the league is “points only,” “standard roto league,” or if there are any uncommon rules that are important to know. This will help in advising you on the right course of action.

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