Ramblings: Keeper Decisions in Smaller Bubbles – Rask, Merzlikins, Hamilton, Landeskog (Nov 20)

Ian Gooding

2020-11-20

I'm definitely not saying I want this to happen or even think this will happen. But between the deferred salary/escrow issue between the NHL and the NHLPA and the rising COVID situation in many provinces and states, I think there's at least a slight chance that the 2020-21 season doesn't even get off the ground.

On one hand, the owners are taking something that was promised to the players off the table. On the other hand, owners are no doubt losing a ton of money by running a season with no fans or fewer fans, which could even put a few teams' futures in serious jeopardy. It would be a shame if the NHL went down the same path as MLB, where a season almost didn't happen and eventually resulted in the bare minimum. Judging by today's news, both sides will need to make compromises that will have implications for years to come in order to have a 2020-21 season.

Ultimately, I think it gets done, but we still have to prepare for the possibility that it won't happen. Obviously time is of the essence if the season is to start on January 1, and time should not be taken for granted for the season to start at all.

If you're been awaiting a schedule to determine potential matchups, this is at least a start. Assuming this happens, this could be a lot of fun.

I've discussed new potential Canadian team rivalries, but what about from the other three proposed divisions? The Pacific Division as currently constructed isn’t exactly a group of death, but Colorado and Dallas joining up with Vegas could be interesting. Then you have the Central, which pits St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay all in one division – not something we'd normally see. The East has Boston joining up with most of the Metropolitan (Patrick?) Division for what could be the most powerful division of this format.

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Given the notices from local governments that we need to keep our bubbles smaller, maybe this is the right time to discuss bubble keepers when your bubble of keepers happens to be smaller.

I noticed that some of the questions that came in to Bubble Keeper Week were from fantasy owners with five or fewer keepers. I believe that there are different factors that go into making keeper decisions with fewer keepers, not the least of wh