Fantasy Mailbag: D. Toews; Kyrou; Fox; Goalie Workhorses and Streamers; Kakko v. Lafreniere; Stephenson & More

Rick Roos


Welcome back to another edition of the Roos Lets Loose monthly mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions by giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question(s) answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it/them to me as well as the details you should provide when sending. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included in the mailbag, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.

Question #1 (from Jamie)

I'm in a 20 team, dynasty, cap (NHL Salary Cap) H2H league with categories of G, A, PTS, PIM, SOG, HIT, BLK, Special team points, FOW, Takeaways, plus five goalie categories.

I currently have Nathan Mackinnon, Bo Horvat, David Pastrnak, Jordan Kyrou and Matt Dumba as players whose contracts all expire after 2022-23, which is also when our cap is resetting, so hopefully I'll have a bit more of a cushion, plus teams are allowed to acquire extra salary via other teams in case I want to go down that road. Other notable players on my team include Brad Marchand, Neal Pionk, Evgeni Malkin, Andrew Mangiapane, John Tavares, and Devon Toews, to go along with Jack Campbell, Thatcher Demko, and, in the minors, Jake Oettinger, as my goalies.

I picked up Tavares for free, so if I have to drop him in the offseason it won't mean me having lost a major investment. Even with the cap resetting though, I won't be able to afford all of the players once their contracts expire in 2023. Who would you trade and when?

Dumba and Horvat are guys to look to move. Dumba is okay, plus is a nice stat stuffer; but it's now become clear that his stretch of great play from 2017 through 2019 was not something he's likely to reproduce. As for Horvat, even if J.T. Miller doesn't re-sign with the Canucks in 2023, chances are