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  • J J Jan 17, 2013 10:19 AM Flag

    Toews/Howard for E. Staal/Schneider

    Toews and Howard wins for me.

    The addition of Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal the Hurricanes top line with ERIC could be devastating, but the Hurricanes are still an overall poor defensive team. Last season ERIC STAAL (almost highhandedly) killed any fantasy teams +/- rating when he posted a -20 in 2012. SCHNEIDER is the Canucks number one guy but until Luongo is moved nothing is official.

    I see a LOT more uncertainty with that side of the trade.

    HOWARD is a top 5 goaltender on most projection lists, and top 7 at worst. I don't care if Lidstrom is gone. Detroit has a very balanced defensive approach to hockey. Datsyuk is a perennial winner of the Selke award (best defensive forward), and Zetterman is always on that short list. JONATHAN TOEWS is the best player on a very good team - a team that has Sharp, Kane and Hossa. He will also provide you something STAAL never will be able to give you: a huge bump to your +/- statistic.

    The deal is close, and as the season rolls out things could change, but I go with the more certain and stable option. I would go with TOEWS and HOWARD.


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