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PETE FROM MARLBORO, NEW JERSEY is in a fantasy league that allows him to keep a maximum of four players. He is planning on retaining Ilya Kovalchuk, Shea Weber and Ryan Kesler, but is torn on whether to keep Marc-Andre Fleury or Jaroslav Halak as his final selection. His league categorizes wins, G.A.A., save percentage and shutouts for goaltenders.
It would be worth it to retain both of these goalies as keepers in most cases, but since you have a defensive juggernaut in Weber and two lethal goal-scorers already in the fold, let's dissect which of these elite netminders is the better long-term option. When you look at Halak's body of work this season through 43 appearances, it's been magnificent. He's second in the League in goals-against average behind only his teammate, Brian Elliott, and is also in the top-six in both shutouts and save percentage. The Blues' duo has tied a modern era NHL record with 15 combined shutouts this season, lifting the club from mediocrity to Presidents' Trophy territory. But my two concerns when stacking up Halak with Fleury are consistency and performance under a heavy workload.