It looks like we could be seeing the Timo Meier breakout right before our eyes.  The former top ten pick is really coming into his own this season as DeBoer has given him a top six role.  Meier scored a goal on Friday because totaling two goals and an assist with four shots on Sunday.  That brings Meier to eight goals and four assists in 11 games with over three shots per game.  It’s pretty clear at this point: Meier is a must-own in all formats right now.  He’s still available in over one third of leagues, so if you’re fortunate enough to be in one of those, go grab him now.  Let’s take a look at what else happened over the weekend:

Friday’s Games

Laurent Brossoit – 27 saves on 28 shots in the 2-1 win over the Red Wings.  Brossoit has looked solid for the Jets but I don’t have much faith in him.  This looks like another exhibit in the case that you should start every goalie against the Red Wings.

Brent Burns – Two assists with three shots.  He’s really piling up the assists and the minutes are back up to what we’re used to, so expect Burns to continue to do Brent Burns things.

Teuvo Teravainen – Goal and an assist with five shots and two PIM.  Strong start for Teravainen who is sitting at a point per game.

Matt Duchene – Two goals.  Revenge game for Duchene who is over a point per game on the season.  The Sens are bad, but they’re scoring plenty, so Duchene should be fine going forward.

Colin White – Two assists.  I believe in White but he’s not fantasy relevant yet.

Mikko Rantanen – Goal and three assists with two shots.  Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and two assists.  This line is really pushing to be considered the best in the league.  They are absolutely killing the opponent’s top line on a nightly basis.

Tyson Barrie – Three assists with seven shots.  The shot rate is down, but the assists are piling up.

Saturday’s Games

Kyle Palmieri – Goal and an assist.  Just an absurd start for Palmieri with 8+5 in 8 games with 10 PIM and over three shots per game.  Looks like Hall finally has two linemates who can help him out regularly.

Nico Hischier – Two assists with a shot.  Here’s the other linemate, who had his third two point game in his last four.  We have to love what we’re seeing from Hischier at 19 years old.

Robin Lehner – 22 saves on 23 shots in the 6-1 win over the Flyers.  Lehner has been very good to this point with a 2.39/.929 in six starts.  Their defense is still a mess, so I expect some regression in the GAA, but Lehner has posted quality save percentages in the past.

Anders Lee – Goal and three assists with four shots.  Lee has been excellent as he tries to prove he’s not a product of Tavares.  He’s been a huge plus in every category.

Josh Bailey – Two assists with a shot.  Bailey is a true forward AAGNOF who probably should be held but you don’t feel great about it.

Brock Nelson – Two goals on three shots and two PIM.  Nelson is back to streamer status but he’s still a way from being a hold.

Adam Pelech – Goal and an assist with two shots.  And there’s your annual Pelech update!

Mathew Barzal – Two assists with a shot.  I am not sure what is going on with Barzal.  On one hand, he’s at a point per game.  On the other, he’s under one shot per game right now.  That is an absolute killer since I thought he was going to take a jump into the 2.5-3 shots per game range.  I’m not loving what I’m seeing from Barzal and would look to sell high.

Tobias Rieder – Two assists with a shot.  He’s showing some signs of life, but I still need to see a bit more from Rieder to stream him.

Leon Draisaitl – Two goals with seven shots.  Draisaitl looks like the same guy to me but is off to a hot start due to an unsustainable shooting percentage.

Connor McDavid – Goal and an assist with four shots.  You almost expect him to get two points in every game right now.

Drake Caggiula – Two goals.  Don’t see anything with Caggiula at the moment.

Ryan Johansen – Three assists with a shot and six PIM.  Johansen has been excellent this season.  If the shot rate stays above two, a top 50 season should be a near-lock.

Filip Forsberg – Hat trick on seven shots.  Forsberg has found another gear and has a real chance at 40+ goals this year.

P.K. Subban – Two assists with a shot.  Subban has been his usual steady self being a plus in every category.

Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two assists with two shots and four PIM.  Kuznetsov’s shot rate is over three shots per game, and if that happens, a top 15 season is in play.  I’m all in on Kuznetsov right now.

Mark Giordano – Two assists with four shots.  Giordano has been excellent across the board to this point and there are no signs that it’s unsustainable.

Johnny Gaudreau – Two assists with two shots.  Gaudreau has piled up the points and his minutes are even higher than they’ve been in the past.

Artturi Lehkonen – Two assists with a shot.  The minutes are big but I still see him as a low end streamer.

Carey Price – 33 save shutout in the 3-0 win over the Bruins.  Price has been great as the team in front of him has been much better than expected.  I’m still not fully buying in, but he certainly has more upside than I expected in the preseason.

Mitch Marner – Two assists with two shots.  Saying Marner would lead Toronto in points in the preseason doesn’t look as outlandish now, especially that Auston Matthews is out with a shoulder injury.

Jason Pominville – Goal and an assist with six shots.  I led Friday’s post about Pominville so check that out for more details on Pominville.  The first line in Buffalo is on fire right now with Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel also having two points.

Jake McCabe – Two assists with two shots.  I could see considering McCabe in super deep leagues given the quality hits and blocks.  The shot rate is abysmal though.

Cam Atkinson – Two goals and an assist with six shots.  Like Buffalo, Columbus’s top line killed it with Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois also having three points each.  Atkinson and Panarin have been spectacular while it feels like it’s only a matter of time for Dubois.

Patrick Kane – Two goals and an assist.  This start by Kane is insane: 11+6 in 11 games with 5 shots per game.

Artem Anisimov – Goal and two assists.  If he’s with Kane, Anisimov is a strong streamer.  If he’s not, Anisimov isn’t worth considering.  Simple enough.

Alex Pietrangelo  – Goal and two assists with two shots.  He’s had a slow start, but I have no concern over Pietrangelo.  I can’t believe people are dropping him in shallow leagues.

Ryan O’Reilly – Goal and two assists with five shots.  RoR looks terrific with the Blues and 65-70 points looks like a realistic outcome.

Zach Sanford – Goal and two assists with two shots.  Sanford, who was a key part of the Shattenkirk rental, looks great in the early going.  I’d stream him right now while he’s with RoR.

Vladimir Tarasenko – Two goals on six shots.  He’s randomly -7, but 5+4 with 4.5 shots per game in 10 games is pretty, pretty good.

Eric Staal – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Staal hasn’t been great and we knew the goals were going to regress.  He’s a clear hold, but expecting anything close to last season is a mistake.

Mikael Granlund – Goal and an assist.  Seven game point streak for Granlund who should do what he normally does: post just under a point per game come the end of the season.

Antti Raanta – 30 saves on 31 shots in the 7-1 win over the Lightning.  Man, what a performance by the Coyotes.  It was nice to see Raanta back in the net.  The Coyotes looks pretty good right now so Raanta could be a low end #1.

Brad Richardson – Two assists.  And there’s your annual Richardson update!

Michael Grabner – Two goals on three shots.  Both of these goals were shorthanded in true Grabner fashion.  He’s off the streaming radar for now.

Alex Goligoski – Two assists.  Goligoski’s time as a fantasy asset have come and gone.

Vinnie Hinostroza – Goal and an assist with three shots.  Hinostroza has looked very good in a relatively small workload with six points in his last six games.  He’s a bottom end streamer, but there’s a bit more upside if the minutes go up.

Casey DeSmith – 29 save shutout in the 5-0 win over the Canucks.  The Pens are just ravishing teams right now.  DeSmith isn’t great but he’s worth streaming in every start.

Evgeni Malkin – Two goals and an assist with six shots and two PIM.  The Canucks simply didn’t have an answer for any of the superstars on Pittsburgh.  Sidney Crosby also scored twice while Phil Kessel had two points.  All of these guys are rolling and there’s no reason to expect a change.

Jake Guentzel – Two assists.  He’s a bottom end hold as long as he’s with Crosby.

Sunday’s Games:

Vladislav Namestnikov – Goal and an assist with two shots.  Names has started off the season quite poorly, so he’s nowhere near fantasy consideration right now.

Tony DeAngelo – Goal and an assist with two shots.  When DeAngelo has played, he’s always produced offensively.  The problem is that he’s regularly scratched.  Hopefully he gets more of a chance with the Rangers rebuilding because DeAngelo could even be 10’er relevant.

Ilya Kovalchuk – Goal and two assists with four shots.  It’s been an okay start for Kovy in his return to the NHL.  I think it’ll be a bit better, but don’t expect too much.

Drew Doughty – Two assists with five shots.  Come the end of the year, we know what we’re going to get from Doughty.

John Klingberg – Two assists with a shot.  Klingberg is just killing it with over a point per game and pushing three shots per game.  The coaching change appears to have helped out an already elite player.

Dylan Larkin – Two assists with three shots.  The plus-minus is rough but Larkin has piled up the points like I expected.

Thomas Greiss – 38 saves on 39 shots in the 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.  It looks like Greiss will get back to his standards before last season.  Lehner appears to be the #1 right now, but I’m sure Greiss will get plenty of opportunities.  I would stream him in good matchups.

Sebastian Aho – Assist with four shots.  Is an 11 game point streak good?  Asking for a friend.

Cam Talbot – 31 saves on 32 shots in the 2-1 OT win over Chicago.  I’m still scared of Edmonton’s defense, but Talbot looks to be a decent #2 now instead of a complete desperation play.

Ryan Dzingel – Goal and an assist with two shots and two PIM playing almost 20 minutes.  Dzingel has been very good to this point.  I feel confident streaming him most nights.

Thomas Chabot – Two assists with two PIM and two SOG.  Chabot is going to be a fantasy stud one day.  He’s up to 3+10 in 10 games, and while that certainly won’t keep up, Chabot is going to pile up points.

Alex Tuch – Two goals on eight shots.  Great to see Tuch back scoring goals again.  He’s positioned for a big breakout this season.

Erik Haula – Two assists with five shots.  Haula has had a rough start to the season, but I still feel comfortable streaming him.  The minutes are still there and Tuch’s return is going to help immensely.

Logan Couture – Goal and an assist.  He crushed with Meier on Sunday, along with the third wheel Tomas Hertl (2A, 3 SOG).  Both of these guys are over a point per game on the season.  The second line has outproduced the top line by a wide margin to this point.

Ryan Getzlaf – Two assists with five shots.  After an awful start in terms of shots, Getzlaf has 13 SOG in the past three games.  Whether he’s below two per game or if he can get to the 2.5 range again will go a long way in determining how valuable he ends up.

Pontus Aberg – Two goals.  I thought Aberg showed some potential in the Smashville Cup run two seasons ago, but he hasn’t received much of a chance since.  There’s nothing here yet, but Aberg is worth monitoring.

That’s all for now guys.  I’ll be back Wednesday recapping the action from the next two nights.  As always, please leave any questions or comments below.  Thanks for reading, take care!

  1. Marco Kirillov says:
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    Hey Viz, great job as always.
    A guy in my league has Panarin and Draisatl, was thinking of giving W.Karlsson for one of them. Wht do you think?

    • Viz

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      @Marco Kirillov: Thanks! Yeah, I’d move Karlsson for either, I had Karlsson ranked the lowest before the season started and see no reason to change that in the early going.

      • Marco Aurélio Corrêa Cordeiro da Silva says:
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        @Viz:
        Another one in the same situation
        I give Eichel and Skinner for Panarin and Draisatl. Reasonable?

  2. DumpsterFire says:
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    Great stuff Viz, been following again this season, but I need some goalie help. 12 team H2H with standard cats W, GAA, SV%, SO. I have Elliot, Allen, Kinkaid, and Darling. I need to drop one as it is, and Lehner is available too. Trying to go with the best 3 options moving forward. I’m thinking maybe Elliot, Darling, and Lehner? Allen has been more of the same since last year, and his stats have been worse than Elliot’s so far, md I figure Kinkaid an about to take a back seat with Schneider coming back soon.

    • Viz

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      @DumpsterFire: Thanks! Hmm, that’s tough because I’m not convinced Schneider is going to come in and take over or that Darling will either. Man, this is a steamy pile of crap to pick from haha. I guess I would go with Lehner, Elliott and Kinkaid, but I have no problem going Darling over Kinkaid if you want to gamble.

      • DumpsterFire says:
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        @Viz: haha I’d say that’s putting it nicely. Goalies went quick and everyone is carrying 3. Gambled on Allen having a bounce back year, and he’s a mess all over again. Thanks for the insight. Do you think Kinkaid continues to get a fair share of starts even if Schneider comes back and plays well?

        • Viz

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          @DumpsterFire: I hear you, some drafts go that way, hard to gauge. Yeah, I think so. Kinkaid has played fairly well the last two seasons, and Schneider wasn’t good last year, so I think he splits at the least. It wouldn’t shock me if Kinkaid gets more starts than Schneider.

  3. D says:
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    Thoughts on dropping Brock Boeser for Pomminville after tonight (unless he puts up big numbers?

    8 man league, Buffalo has 4 games this week, Vancouver has 3 (including tonight)

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @D: What no way would you do that

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @D: No, definitely need to hold Boeser, he’s too good of a player to be dropped in any format and Pominville will certainly slow down sooner than later.

  4. chris says:
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    Trade Backstrom and get Tarasenko?
    G/A/GWG/PPP/HITS/+-

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @chris: Closer in this format than most, but I think I would lean towards yes.

  5. Jumponit says:
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    Great column as usual. I am trying to maximize my streams – who would you stream this week from Vancouver? (Tyler Motte, Pouliot, Hutton)

    16 team H2H with hits/blocks

    • Viz

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      @Jumponit: I’d go with Pouliot since he’s on the first PP unit with Edler down.

  6. Shitwolf says:
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    hey buddy is it time to drop svechnikov or are you still holding?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Shitwolf: Depends how deep your league is, I have no problem either way. Carolina is doing so well that it’ll probably take a while to get a minutes boost.

  7. Tony Stark says:
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    Awesome as always Viz!

    I have Hedman taking up my IR spot now. My two goalies are Gibson and Dubnyk. Would it be worth picking up Luongo and give up my IR spot? The Buffalo and CBJ backup goalies are also on the wire right now as well as both Islanders goalies. Any advice would be appreciated!

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Tony Stark: Nah, I wouldn’t worry holding Luongo. I’d rather not be down an active player and miss those starts, plus Luongo usually only plays 60% of the time when he’s healthy. Unless you really need the starts, I’m fine just going with Gibson and Dubs.

      • Tony Stark says:
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        @Viz: Great thanks! Our categories are Wins, Shutouts, GAA and SV% and it’s head to head. Right now I am rolling with 11 Forwards, 6 D and 2 Goalies. My D guys are
        Hedman (taking IR spot now)
        Rielly
        Jones
        Werenski
        Hamilton
        Pietrangelo (picked him up after reading your article!)

        Should I keep all 6 of these D for now?

        • Tony Stark says:
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          @Tony Stark: G/A/PPP/SOG/Hits/+- are our offensive categories.

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Tony Stark: How many can you start on a nightly basis, 4? I think for now, I would hold, and I would try to make a trade for a forward using one of your D.

          • Tony Stark says:
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            @Viz: Yes just 4. I will hold for now thanks Viz!

  8. Mr. A Knife says:
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    12 teamer with darling, price, crawford, drop darling (or just wait) for any of: campbell, hutton, greiss?

    • Viz

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      @Mr. A Knife: I think I’d slightly prefer Hutton, but I have no problem waiting to see what Darling looks like tonight, assuming he gets his first start.

  9. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Viz,

    We keep 5, 14 team roto (G A Pts +/- PIM PPP SHP Shots) (W L GAA SV% SO)

    My team is
    start 2 C, 2 LW, 2RW. 2Util, 3D, 2G

    C; MacKinnon, Trocheck,
    LW: Maroon, Kreider, Palat (IR+)
    RW: Wheeler, Atkinson, JT Miller
    D: Subban, Ellis, Morrissey, CMiller
    U: Petterson, Point
    G: Gibson, Varlamov, Sparks, Darling
    NA: Tolvanen

    Question : Would you trade a 2nd round pick for Huberdeau and an 11th to shore up LW?

    Guys on waivers include: Fiala, Debrusk, Killorn, Sanford, Nelson, Vrana, Nieddereiter, Mantha, Foligno, Smaltz

    • Viz

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      @nightpandas: So a second is really like a 7th after keepers? Hmm, it’s a bit tougher because Huberdeau clearly won’t crack your keeper list, but I don’t mind the move if you want to go for it.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Viz: yes a 7th…

        I am in first right now so going for it

        • Viz

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          @Nightpandas: Then I’d say do it, Huberdeau isn’t going to be a top 25 piece or anything, but he’s the perfect steady guy for roto

          • Nightpandas says:
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            @Viz: Thanks,

            Other offer I got from the same owner:

            Aho OV Markstrom for My Mackinnon and 1st 2 picks…I’m thinking no here

            • Viz

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              @Nightpandas: Yeah, I’d pass, Aho and OV together are better now, but I’d rather keep MacKinnon, especially since you’d probably just cut Markstrom and have to cut one more decent guy already on your team. MacKinnon is just too valuable now and long term to move. No problem!

  10. Oppo Taco says:
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    H2H points league. Barzal + Jake Allen or Freddy Anderson. Which side do you prefer? Is it close? Thanks. It’s a keeper league but we only keep 2

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Depends on the point system, but probably having Barzal unless you desperately need goaltending.

  11. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    hold darling (have price/crawford also) in 12 teamer or grab one of: greiss, hutton, campbell (quick out again)

  12. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    krug sounds back soon, maybe today, drop which in a 12 teamer with hits/blocks/PPP added: ghost, klingberg, jokiharju, seabrook, lindholm, pulock, edmundson. added edmundson lately, figured it would be him, but then i looked closer at what pulock has been about thus far, and it’s worse than i thought. for dynasty obviously pulock is a bigger hold, but here we only keep 7, so none of these in question germaine to that.

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: only stats thus far pulock is beating edmundson in are shots (barely 2 to 1.88), PPP (but only .1 per game to zero), he’s completely destroyed by him in hits (1.20 to 2.63), beat in blocks (1.7 to 2.38). assists aren’t helping pulock either so far (.1 to ed’s .25). have edler in IR slot too (out for a while now).

      also points as an added stat is in play here (pulock’s .2 to ed’s .38 per).

    • Viz

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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: Probably Pulock since like you said, keeper is really non-factor here. Still wouldn’t mind giving him a longer chance and cutting bait with Edmundson, but lean Pulock.

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        @Viz: damn football league running i forgot to sub out pulock or ed for krug tonight, got an extra assist, point, 2 hits, 1 block, 1 extra plus for being an idiot.

  13. Aardvark says:
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    Trade Hischier and josh Bailey for Hoffman and Turris?

    • Viz

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      @Aardvark: Depends what you’re looking for with Hischier v. Hoffman. I wouldn’t be owning Turris in a 12 teamer, while you would with Bailey but he has obvious flaws. If you want goals and shots, do the trade. If you want a more balanced stat line, hold off.

      • Aardvaek says:
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        @Viz: it’s a 14 team h2h points league. I’m not really interested in Turris but seeing that I just picked up bailey I’m thinking he’s disposable. Is Hoffman and upgrade over Hischier in this format? Pretty much asking who you think will end up with more points.its Point per shot

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Aardvaek: Hmm, I would say Hischier has more points, but Hoffman could take almost 100 more shots on goal. Same goes with Bailey: more points than Turris, but far less shots.

  14. Mal says:
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    What are your thoughts on Pacioretty? Poor guy has been in a slump and then takes a knock.. I’m hoping they IR him for fantasy’s sake, but I shouldn’t drop him, right?

    Thanks always for your posts Viz and Team! Good stuff.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Mal: unless IR/IR+less super shallow league i’d not drop him.

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Mal: Yeah, I would hold for now, he should either get back soon or go on IR . He’s too good of a player to not turn it around.

  15. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    hold darling (have price/crawford also) in 12 teamer or grab one of: greiss, hutton, campbell (quick out again). also above.

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      @For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron: at least darling is actually playing today. hutton doing well (good lord is CGY not waiting long this year to let everybody down, and unlike last year they DON’T have a D everybody expects to be great). but it’s still kinda like CGY switched bodies with MTL thus far.

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          @Viz: spoke a bit early if what i said about CGY was only about today, which it wasn’t.

  16. Aardvark says:
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    Sergei Bobrovsky was dropped. Would you drop Ben bishop for him? And if so how much faab out of 100 would you bid?

    • Viz

      Viz says:
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      @Aardvark: Can you drop someone else? Bob absolutely needs to be owned, but I wouldn’t want to cut Bishop. Can you make $0 adds or do you have to bid at least $100? Judging how big you should go

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Viz: I can add him for $0. Might not get him though. My worst players are Konecny and Pacioretty. Josh Bailey has my “droppable” roster spot but he’s doing to good right now to drop

        • Viz

          Viz says:
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          @Aardvark: I would bid over $50 for sure, probably like $75, there is no reason why Bob should be available. I would cut Konecny, although I’m fine with cutting Patches too.

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