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    MacKinnon, Tyler Ennis, Paul Stastny, Shane Doan, Brunner, Dan Girardi, Ryane Clowe, Flippula and Bolland are best free agents available?

    What moves should I make?
     
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    As far as moves go you should definitely drop Bogosian for Mackinnon. Mackinnon is doing quite well, meshes with his team's theme quite well, and has the hype going for him. He'll probably cool down as the season progresses but worry about that later.

    Bogosian hasn't bounced back to form in a long while and he has both Enstrom as well as Byfuglien far ahead of him in terms of depth and point production (which your league centers on) and possibly Trouba if he keeps up his play. You also already have Trouba and Byfuglien on your team so Bogosian is really redundant there.

    Even aside from those facts, D are the least valuable position by far in a league that is set up like that because they score the least.

    This last move I'm suggesting is more my personal opinion, but I'd swap Clarkson or B. Richards for Brunner. Probably Clarkson. Clarkson has a semi-lengthy suspension to serve still and even when he gets back he's probably a .5 PPG PP specialist even at his best which Brunner should still manage to do at the least.

    I have other suggestions but you just asked about free agent moves.
     
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    What other suggestions?

    Also what do you think of my team?
     
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    Personally if I was going to drop someone I would look at the addition of another goalie
     
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    If you make that swap of Bogosian for Mackinnon or someone else your team is looking good (though I can't know for sure without other teams in your league as a reference as well as how many teams are in the league as a whole) but you seem to be weak in goal. Even if Winnipeg keeps up the winning Pavelec isn't the type of goalie to get you an even above average save percentage or GAA. His big draw in leagues is having to make a lot of saves generally and so far this season he's been winning too, but aside from that he's a lower tier starter really. Rinne is off to a bad start this season and it's still unclear if he's fully recovered back into pre-injury form. Even if he does rebound he's kind of the opposite of Pavelec. Meaning even if things go well for him the best you can hope for is good individual stats in things like save percentage, but he won't give you a lot of saves (or shots against as it's called in your league) and he definitely won't get you a lot of wins. At least not compared to the higher tier fantasy starters.

    So, in summary, I'd try to trade a guy like Spezza and/or Karlsson for a top flight goalie. Normally I wouldn't suggest this but your league is heavily goalie dependent. There's just as many goalie categories as there are skater categories and that's kind of odd for most leagues. Goalie categories are more focused on a group of one to three players usually since there's so few to go around while there's a ton of skaters to compensate for each other. If you secured a guy like Rask or Lundqvist with Ovechkin (which is probably what it would take and it might not necessarily be a good move but it's worth checking out) it would secure your goalie stats and make you a very well-rounded team.

    My suggestion is to start with Rask for Ovechkin as a base and see if you can work out a good offer. If you can't work your way down the starter tiers to secure a goalie that you can rely on to likely produce all-around rather then what you have now.

    You have to be careful with goalies though because in fantasy and in real life they are fickle and tend to be reliant on their team heavily thus why you have to go with the sure bets usually.
     
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    That would require knowing what's out there in his free agent pool and how many teams there are but even in shallow leagues there's generally not much in the way of top tier goalies in free agency (that are better then Pavelec and/or Rinne) and the very fact that Pavelec was good enough to get drafted in that league suggests that there probably isn't much in the way of replacements in free agency.
     
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    It's a 12 person league, the only decent goalie on the FA is Semyon Varlamov, the stats kept are
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    That's what I thought thus why you should probably trade for one. Varlamov would just be like a different version of Pavelec for all intents and purposes really. More skilled but plays on the weaker team on paper.
     
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    So what should I do? Should I pick up Varlamov for Clarkson?

    I am winning 8-2 right now and the categories I am winning are not even close.
     
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    That's because your team is heavily reliant on Winnipeg who is winning right now and you have two of the hottest starts in the league on your team in Ovechkin and Grabrovski.

    If you want you can pick up Varlamov as a third goalie and drop Clarkson. That's one way to go about it and probably a safer way. I just assumed you could only have two goalies. I just wouldn't back on great save percentages or GAA between your goalies or even to excel in goaltending in general. You'd be gambling with your goaltending a bit but having three goalies might compensate enough for that.
     
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    Do you think I should just say fk it and win the rest? I think my team is alot better than everyone else just looking or you think I should drop Clarkson for Varla

    Also who do you think will have more value Brunner or MacKinnon for the season?
     
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    Yeah I'd just drop Clarkson and pick up Varlamov as it's the safer, more conservative bet for now.

    Mackinnon over Brunner.
     
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    Brunner seems to be getting A LOT of shots nad MacKinnon is suppose to stay on 3rd line whole season. Why do you say Mac over Brun?
     
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    They're both essentially unproven, only differences are that Mackinnon has much more talent and plays on an offensive powerhouse really whereas Brunner is much older with much less talent on probably one of the weakest offenses in the NHL on paper.

    You can't really go wrong with dropping Bogosian and going for either so if you'd prefer Brunner there's nothing wrong with that. My personal opinion is that Mackinnon is the better short-term bet and Brunner is the better long-term one (long-term meaning towards the latter half of the season).
     
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    Thank you for the help kind sir.
     
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    No problem. I remember what it was like when I first got into fantasy hockey.
     
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    I picked up Varla do you think I should try to trade Pavelski or Spezza for a better goalie or just roll with my team as it is with the 3 goalies
     
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    Roll as is. If there comes a time when the goalie thing isn't working for you to the point where it's dragging you down or you're a threat to not make the playoffs make the move then. Till then just sit tight.
     

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