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  • Ryan Ryan Aug 23, 2009 6:41 PM Flag

    Please help an inexperienced GM

    Our salary cap for our keeper league is $40. Here is my roster from last year. Any help and suggestions on who I should keep and how I should risk giving up would be grateful. The league is filled with super competitive GMs, so I'm just looking for some help.

    Eric Staal 4.65
    Henrik Sedin 4.66
    Danny Briere 3.49
    Rod Brind'Amour 2.33
    Ray Whitney 3.85
    Dany Heatley 3.66
    Mike Knuble 3.27
    Nathan Horton 2.89
    Ales Hemsky 3.93
    Phil Kessel 4.29
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic 3.02
    Dion Phaneuf 2.67
    Zach Bogosian 2.97
    Craig Rivet 2.92
    Jim Vandermeer 1.87
    Michal Rozsival 2.15
    Martin Erat 2.97
    Nathan Oystrick 1.3
    Evgeny Artyukhin 2.11
    Matthew Lombardi 3.28
    Ian White 2.28
    David Perron 3.17
    Luke Schenn 0.88
    Derick Brassard 4.12
    Cam Ward 7.14
    Tim Thomas 8.37

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    • Must keeps (based on good value or necessity):
      Dany Heatley - 3.66 (seriously? LOL... no brainer)
      Dion Phaneuf - 2.67
      Tim Thomas - 8.37 (I don't understand why your goalies are so heavily weighted but you need at least one goalie who'll play well and get 70-odd starts)

      Other notables:
      Cam Ward - 7.14
      Ray Whitney - 3.85
      Danny Briere - 3.49 (assuming he stays healthy that's good value)
      Rod Brind'Amour - 2.33

      Eric Staal - 4.65
      Henrik Sedin - 4.66
      Mike Knuble - 3.27
      Phil Kessel - 4.29 (assuming he actually signs :S )
      Zach Bogosian - 2.97 (I agree he should be good value this year)
      David Perron - 3.17
      Derick Brassard - 4.12

      Ales Hemsky - 3.93
      Marc-Edouard Vlasic - 3.02
      Martin Erat - 2.97
      Michal Rozsival - 2.15
      Evgeny Artyukhin - 2.11
      Matthew Lombardi - 3.28

      If there's another GM who's weak in goal I'd keep both goalies and try and trade one for some good value forwards.

    • It would be helpful to see some of the other rosters. That way we could see what you're up against and see who might be coming off the books from other teams.

      Centers - E. Staal, H. Sedin, Briere, Brind'Amour, Brassard
      Left Wings - Ray Whitney, Heatley, Erat, Artyuhkin, Lombardi
      Right Wings - Knuble, Heatley, Horton, Hemsky, Kessel, Perron, White
      Defense - Phaneuf, Vlasic, Bogosian, Rivet, Vandermeer, Rozsival, Schenn, Oystrick
      Goalies - Ward, Thomas

      While I'm looking at it just off the top of my head, it looks like you need to improve everything a little bit except for your goal-tending and defense needs the most work. The obvious guys to keep are Brind'Amour, Heatley, Hemsky, Horton, Phaneuf and Schenn. I'd probably drop Knuble, Vlasic, Bogosian, Erat, Lombardi, and Brassard. I listed those guys because I feel like you're either getting a good deal on them or you're overpaying for them. The rest I'd have to see what the rest of the league looks like to be sure. That said, I'd also make sure that you keep at least one of your goalies.


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