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KENNY FROM ALBERTA is contemplating dropping James Reimer for either Josh Harding or Evgeni Nabokov.
It's no secret that Reimer's value has taken a significant hit over the past two weeks, leaving his fantasy owners bewildered. Jonas Gustavsson has started all six games for the Toronto Maple Leafs this calendar year, emerging as the team's most reliable goaltender. Reimer sports a 7-4-4 mark this season but has allowed three or more goals in eight of his 11 outings since returning from a concussion that caused him to miss 18 games. The good news for Reimer owners is that Gustavsson, following a four-game win streak that included two shutouts, has fallen back down to earth with consecutive losses at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. But the reality holds true for the time being, as the 23-year-old Reimer (owned in 58 percent of Yahoo! leagues) hasn't played since Dec. 31 and can only bide his time as coach Ron Wilson continues to dissect the goaltending dilemma. Reimer should still be retained if at all possible, but stability should be sought from an available netminder.
GAA: 3.01 | SVP: 0.900
LIAM FROM TORONTO is pursuing multiple defensemen via trade and free agency. He is monitoring the performance of Jack Johnson, Kevin Bieksa, Tyler Myers, John Carlson and Nicklas Kronwall to see which three blueliners possess the most fantasy value.
I'll rank your prospective defensemen as follows: 1. Bieksa, 2. Johnson, 3. Kronwall, 4. Carlson, 5. Myers. Now, here's why you should push to acquire the first three.
SOG: 98 | +/-: 6
Carlson (5 G, 17 A, even rating, 12 PIM, 5 PPP, 88 SOG) is an efficient blueliner who will aid your weekly assist total, but fails to set himself apart from this pack of defenseman in any other category. His current seven-game pointless streak only adds to the concern. Myers (3 G, 4 A, minus-7, 12 PIM, 3 PPP, 41 SOG, 33 hits) has played in only 24 of 44 games this season for the Sabres due to injury, and has channeled the underachievement of his team by posting a single-digit point total. His negative rating is a red flag, as was Saturday's loss on Long Island where Myers (56 percent) logged a career-high 31:05 of ice time but was minus-2 by the end of the night. It's been that kind of season for the young d-man.
ZIV FROM RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA is in a head-to-head league and is looking for drop either Derek Roy or Paul Stastny. Potential replacements on the free agent wire include Shane Doan, Andrew Ladd, Gabriel Landeskog and Derek Stepan.
Stastny is finally gaining some traction with four points in his last five games for Colorado's secondary unit, including a two-point outing in Colorado's win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. With that, his 10-game goalless skid was history. His total of 11 PPP through 43 games is strong, but Stastny, the Avs' highest paid player, has seen Ryan O'Reilly rise to the occasion and operate on the team's top line in Matt Duchene's absence. On a similar note, Roy scored a goal Saturday against the Isles but is putting up ordinary numbers across the board for Buffalo's struggling offense. In short, it may be time to explore other options.
SOG: 101 | +/-: -6
As far as the younger batch of options, Stepan, 21, is sometimes overlooked from a fantasy standpoint, but is a big-time contributor for the League-leading Rangers. His teammate, Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder), is day-to-day, so Stepan (10 G, 19 A, plus-14, 10 PIM, 7 PPP, 93 SOG, 71 hits) will be relied upon heavily as a point-producer. Stepan had two points in Saturday's win over the Leafs, sports a plus-14 rating and is on pace for a career-high in points. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, meanwhile, is in great position to put up 40 points, a plus-20 rating, 50 PIMs, 250 SOG and 200-plus hits by season's end in Colorado. Personally, with the Rangers and Avs playing well, I would go young and drop both Stastny and Roy for Stepan and Landeskog. If one, or both see a second half surge, each could warrant keeper value by season's end.
STEVE FROM CALGARY is in search of point production and is considering dropping James van Riemsdyk or Matt Duchene for either Valtteri Filppula or Adam Henrique.
JVR is out indefinitely with a concussion, while Duchene (knee) is out at least another few weeks. While Duchene is on IR with a recovery timetable, the same cannot be said for van Riemsdyk, a top-line regular who is barely on pace to match his totals from last season, let alone meet expectations for a 30-plus goal season. If you are set on dropping one of these two, it has to be JVR at this time, assuming he doesn't hold keeper value for your team.
SOG: 73 | +/-: 11
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