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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.
Goalie - TOR
GAA: 3.01 | SVP: 0.900
Harding (29 percent) has the sixth-best save percentage in the League (.929) and has been in net for the Minnesota Wild
in each of its last three games. Once starter Niklas Backstrom
(flu) is back, this will return to a free-for-all for playing time, but Harding remains a nice short-term option with game-breaking capability as evidenced but his monster 47-save effort in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues
. The Wild have only won twice in their last 15 games, but if Harding gets his season back on track, there is potential left in the tank from a fantasy standpoint. That being said, your best bet at this time is probably Nabokov (27 percent), who has started 11 straight games for the New York Islanders
and is fresh off his 300th career win Saturday vs. Buffalo. Nabby, believe it or not, has overcome a forgettable 2-8-0 start with five wins in his last eight outings. Al Montoya
(concussion) is working his way back, but Rick DiPietro
(sports hernia) is likely done for the season leaving a familiar void in net on Long Island. The bottom line is this veteran is rediscovering his rhythm and already becoming a growing commodity in the fantasy world.