Adam Pardes's picture
George Prax's picture

Dear Adam Tongue

What do I do with Michael Leighton? He's just sitting on my IR right now and it's uncertain whether he'll even get the starting job back when he's all healed up. Do I just drop him the next chance I get, or do I keep him around just in case? The rest of my goalies are Lunqvist, Dipietro, and Lehtonen, and you can start 2 goalies a night.

Adam Pardes's picture

Hey George, I'm actually in a similar position in one of my leagues with Leighton. I'd say the most important thing in this situation is how many IR spots you have. I like Leighton over DiPietro any day, and I definitely believe Leighton will get a shot at the #1 spot when he returns. Take a couple of weeks with all four guys, and then drop the weakest link. Goalies often are the most important (and underrated) guys on a fantasy team. Carrying an extra one for a few weeks should pay off in the long run. Like I mentioned though, if you don't have enough IR spots, dropping Leighton and sticking with DP may be the right choice.

Mark Trible's picture

One of my fantasy teams is in a tricky situation at goalie, who should I pick up that could pay dividends in the long run?

Adam Pardes's picture

Who do you have/what free agent goalies are up for grabs?

Mark Trible's picture

i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs

Adam Pardes's picture

Here's a couple of starters who might be available and definitely worth claiming off waivers: Mathieu Garon and Ondrej Pavelec. Some backups likely to see time if their respective #1's struggle: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier, Anders Lindback, and Corey Crawford. I would be wary of claiming Peter Budaj; his shutout last night is not representative of his mediocre play over the last two weeks.

George Prax's picture
Mark Trible wrote:

i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs

I know which league this is Wink

Patrick Storto's picture

He needs a lot more than a goaltending adjustment