NHL Fantasy Mailbag: The value of patience on the trade market
It was another historic week in the NHL world as Seattle was officially introduced as the league’s 32nd franchise, beginning play in the fall of 2021.
It’s so fascinating on a fantasy level considering another expansion draft is ahead. Who will be kept? What protection deals will be made? Questions for three years from now, of course.
It was surreal to see Vegas rip through the NHL the way they did last season. After all, most of their games included a player squaring off against a team that had left them unprotected. I call it the ‘revenge factor.’
That coincides perfectly with my Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool tip of the week. Don’t be afraid to dress a player who has a matchup against their former team on the upcoming schedule. Never underestimate the power of wanting to gain retribution.
Now to your questions:
Das Siegfried (@DasSiegfried): I own Vladimir Tarasenko and I’ve been offered Ryan Getzlaf one-for-one in a trade. Should I take the deal?
Trust me, you’re not the only one holding out hope that Tarasenko will return to form. The Blues, in general, have been a difficult team to dissect so far. What are they? Time will hopefully tell.
When it comes to that specific trade offer, I’d decline and aim higher. While Getzlaf has eight goals already, he’s never really been looked at as the total package when it comes to fantasy hockey.
While Getzlaf is known mostly for his playmaking abilities, Tarasenko’s offensive track record speaks for itself. He’s potted four consecutive 30-plus-goal seasons. That consistency leads to me to believe that he’ll catch fire eventually.
Unless you get blown away with an offer, keep Tarasenko.
Juno (@junotheleafs): What’s the word with Jeff Petry? What should I do with him?
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