November 06, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-11-06

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In my Forecaster league (with the guys who do the magazine), keep 12 and I’m the back-to-back defending champ – but I’m off to a terrible start. Three things have hurt. One, Claude Giroux. Enough said there. Two, James Neal/Kris Letang. Enough said there. Three, I have too many good goalies. What? Yep. Never thought this would be an issue, but I have four goalies who I would rank in the Top 15 – Smith, Anderson, Bishop and Bobrovsky. And my poor decision-making as to which two to dress every week has cost me about 20 points in a pretty tight league in which first is about 50 ahead of me. So those 20 really matter. I mean, I sat Anderson when he had his best week. Ditto for Smith.

Anyway, I’m a patient man and I know I have a fabulous team. So I waited. And waited. And I’m still 11th out of 14. So beginning Saturday, I stepped up my activity in a big way – waiver bids, trade offers right/left/center. Here are the steps I’ve taken to right the ship. If you want to skip ahead to the games analysis and news, scroll down.

1. First, I shopped Bobrovsky trying desperately to land a quality winger and a good draft pick or two. It took a few rejections from about five different teams, and lots of back and forth, but I ended up trading:

Sergei Bobrovsky, Clarke MacArthur, Dan Hamhuis

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Devan Dubnyk, Jonas Brodin, Dustin Brown, 8th round pick (13 rounds in the draft).

This move a) makes my G decision easier. Because it will be a long, long time (if ever) before I dress Dubnyk. But in the meantime, he’s the perfect No.4 G to sit on my bench because the last two years he had excellent second halves. I upgraded Hamhuis and I upgraded MacArthur. Brodin might even be a final 12 keeper, if he picks it up a bit more.

2. Second, I went to the wire. I wanted Mats Zuccarello. But I was outbid and wound up with my No.2 bid which was Tommy Wingels. Dropped Troy Brouwer.

3. Third, I shopped Elias Lindholm like crazy. Lindholm is a great prospect, but with carrying four goalies I don’t have the