Fantasy Mailbag: Time to trade Tuukka Rask?

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That’s a little pricey and it’s your dangerous and inadvisable “sell low and buy high” move. I do really like MacKinnon over Getzlaf beginning in 2017 (if you’re in a keeper league), but I still believe Getzlaf is the better option for this year and next. He’s proven, he’s steady and his upside is still just as high (or higher) as MacKinnon’s.

The odds of Sergei Bobrovsky continuing with this poor play are very slim. It’s possible, but unlikely. He is firmly entrenched as the team’s No. 1 goaltender with zero competition in the system. At $7.425 million per season through 2018-19, he’s going to get thrown out there game after game until he gets it right. The Blue Jackets are going to sink or swim with him. With that many chances, it will eventually turn around. Also keep in mind that Columbus has been a very strong second-half team over the past couple of seasons, following slow starts.

All this being said, it’s best that you keep Bobrovsky on the bench until you see back-to-back wins

No, Ekblad will finish with more points. Jones “might” make it close, but Ekblad is more of a sure thing to flirt with 40.


To answer a question like this one, I need to know who is available. If a great starting netminder is on the waiver wire, then yes you should dump them. If your best wire option is Nathan Lieuwen, then you should hold onto them. If there is anyone half decent available though, I’d dump James Reimer and roll the dice on someone else.

All three are worthy of fourth goalie status if your roster can carry a fourth goalie without damaging depth at other positions. My choice would be Ramo, though Neuvirth is really making a case for himself in Philadelphia with his back-to-back shutouts. I still prefer Ramo as the perfect No. 4 for you.

It’s looking like Saturday. Activate him!

That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Rask’s poor start will ensure that you won’t get as much for him in a trade now as you would have last week. But I would still shop him just in case a fellow GM believes in his track record. The Bruins aren’t a great team anymore. You can’t drop Rask and you can’t continue activating him so your only remaining options are to carry him on your bench and hope he snaps out of it or trade him for a subpar return. I’d at least look into the latter.

Savard is the safer bet, as impressed as I am with Parayko. I wouldn’t consider Murray due to his injury issues and Ellis is taking a long time to find his stride at the NHL level.

This question is as tough as it gets because it’s for a one-year league and all five of these players have potential for big things. I’d prefer:
1. Jonathan Drouin
2. Mats Zuccarello
3. Dylan Larkin
4. Mark Scheifele
5. Anthony Duclair
Duclair is off to a flying start, but you have to balance that with a certain level of who’s most “proven.” I’m not sure Duclair’s numbers are sustainable with Arizona.

Absolutely not. He will come around.

Yes, I would drop Jimmy Hayes for him. Hell, I’d drop Kevin Hayes for him too.

This is quite an open-ended question, as I don’t know if you have eight, 10, 12 or even 15 keeper-worthy players and I don’t know your needs. But if I owned those guys in a Keep 10 format I would shop Perry for sure.

I wonder if you could get a good draft pick plus Mark Stone for him? That’s the kind of caliber I’d be looking for – young and unproven, but high possibility of replacing the production. I also give more weight to defencemen and goalie value so if Toews could land me a Roman Josi or some such, I’d be interested. In all dealings I’d push for a draft pick or two coming back my way over and above the player and negotiate from there. I would also only accept a player back if he is likely to be one of your keepers next summer.

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