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Topic #1 – In a 10 team H2H keep 4 (at least 1 of which must be a defenseman or a goalie), with daily line-ups of 2C, 2L, 2R, 1U, 3D, 2G, 6 Bench, 3 IR and categories of G, A, +/-, PPP, PIM, HITS, BS, GWG, SOG, W, S, SV%, GAA (Min. 4 starts), as of now a team, whose projected keepers are Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Connor Hellebuyck, and Nikita Kucherov, is thinking of trading Eichel plus Erik Karlsson for Roman Josi to better compete this season but intends not to keep Josi, but instead either J.T Miller or Jake Guentzel. Does the deal make sense? If so, who should the team's keepers be?
First off, I can get behind not keeping Josi. Yes, he's looked superb this season; however, he's yet to string together two straight seasons of superb production. There's also the reality that only three defensemen start, which is half the number of forwards, or even less assuming the utility spot goes to a forward. With fewer than 50 keepers in a multi-cat, I think that the list of keepable d-men consists of Cale Makar, Adam Fox, Quinn Hughes, Victor Hedman, and maybe John Carlson, with the list for goalies even shorter, namely Hellebuyck and Andrei Vasilevskiy plus perhaps, based on how he's looked and his age,