Week four is gone, and we're getting close to the holidays! If your fantasy team is in need of some holiday shopping, look no further. This week we're covering Montreal, Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Florida. You can find the previous weeks here, here, here, and here.
To reiterate for the uninitiated, this multi-week feature will cover each NHL team, analyzing one player to buy and one to sell. These recommendations will be based on their performance versus cap hit. That means in non-cap leagues, some of these suggestions may not be as relevant, but that doesn't mean the analysis isn't relevant. Generally, these players will either be riding new contracts into the season or be expected to have a large shift in value, for one reason or another. We went alphabetically last year, so this time we're going for the reverse.
Buy: Tyler Toffoli
Current Cap Hit: $4,250,000
One of the best free agent signings of recent memory in general, and certainly near (or at) the top of the list for Marc Bergevin, Tyler Toffoli looks to settle in as the top line RW on a Montreal team gunning to make it back to the 16-team playoffs. At this price tag, all Toffoli would have to do is match his average output over the last few years with LA and Vancouver, and he would be a bargain. With Montreal he should get the same top deployment that he saw in Vancouver where he put up 10 points (six goals) in 10 games. The ice time may not be quite as high under Claude Julien, and he won't have Elias Pettersson feeding him pucks, however the situation in Montreal is still one that he could thrive in.
Sell: Carey Price
Current Cap Hit: $10,500,000
Price is one of the best goalies in the league. You will find no argument from me on that point.
However, for your fantasy team $10.5 million is a lot to pay, the Canadiens aren't a top team, and this year Price is set to see his lowest volume in a long-time due to the acquisition of Jake Allen<