By this point in the campaign, you have a clear picture of all the players who were complete and utter busts. Some will bounce back next year; some you can just write off for good.
Drop the following players in your keeper league in the off-season or trade them to someone who still has faith:
(Originally in The Hockey News on March 14)
Kyle Wellwood, Toronto: He is a completely different player now. The talent is there, but it is as if he is scared to get into traffic. He reminds me of Nikolai Borschevsky when he returned from a serious injury. Wellwood is still young, but I doubt the magic will return.
Dainius Zubrus, New Jersey: You should have seen this one coming in the summer – Patrik Elias is no Alex Ovechkin, so a repeat of the Washington numbers was impossible. Now you have proof. Dump him.
Michal Handzus, Los Angeles: He looked great during eight games in Chicago and with added responsibility in L.A., more was expected. His 19 points and minus-20 rating says it all and I don’t see an upside with him anymore.
Slava Kozlov, Atlanta: From 80 points to a projected 40. From a contract year to financial stability. You’ll be lucky to see him bounce back to 60. Let him go.
Bill Guerin, Islanders: His 50-point days are behind him, which makes the 37-year-old a reserve fantasy player at best.
Darcy Tucker, Toronto: He’ll still hold value in leagues that count penalty minutes, but the feisty winger has proven his 61 points in 2005-06 were the exception and not the rule.
Tom Poti, Washington: He had 44 points a year ago and he joined a power play that included Ovechkin this season. Poti will be lucky to reach 30 points. He’s had enough chances – none bigger than this one.
Mike Modano, Dallas: The one-time superstar will likely finish with around 56 points. Like Guerin, he will be relegated to deep reserve lists next season, as I don’t see a bounce back at the age of 38. Too big a name to drop, but trade him for any return possible.