Coach Brouwer: Patrick Marleau was a huge disappointment this playoffs. The San Jose Sharks were expecting to make a long playoff run and only won one playoff game. He went pointless in five games, finished with a minus one rating and only had nine shots on net. It’s time for a complete overhaul in San Jose; time to turn the reigns over to Joe Pavelski, Ryan Clowe and Logan Couture. Unfortunately for the Sharks Marleau’s value is dropping, his goal and point totals have dropped in each of the last two seasons. He is 32 and on the downside of his career so 80+ point seasons are in the past but he should be able to return to 70 points range. A change of scenery may be the best thing for Marleau, Sharks and fantasy owners of Marleau.
Coach Perry: This one is an easy answer for me. Patrick Marleau. There were some signs of life last season and even during spurts of this regular season. However, I think most fantasy GMs see his production is dropping. A change of scenery could fix that, but not for long. In my opinion Semin didn’t have much value in anyone’s eyes for the last two years. Ovechkin’s fantasy value should never be doubted if you believe he is staying in the NHL. Bryzgalov had an up-and-down regular season with a mostly “up” playoff performance (outside of the last two games) and is stuck on a team that has been developed into what should be a perennial contender. Lots of value there. Brian Elliott really shouldn’t have much value as he is stuck in a two-headed monster in St. Louis and is not the guy making the most money. The most interesting case is that of Roberto Luongo. He was pretty awful in the playoffs and should have seen his value drop the most. However, he was so bad he likely played himself out of the Canuck’s net and should land somewhere with no competition for starts. A fresh start, being a true number one and having a chip on his shoulder the size of Vancouver will mean a huge bounce-back for a goalie still in his prime.
Coach Harling: Roberto Luongo. While Patrick Marleau is a tempting choice, his most recent playoff failure is nothing new! He consistently produces regular season 70 point range seasons and consistently fails to match that production in the post season. Luongo however, had tremendous fantasy value by virtue of playing on the powerhouse Vancouver Canucks. Luongo played 60 games a season winning 30+ games with the two time Presidents Trophy winners. His most recent playoff failure has cost him his job in Vancouver as he has been surpassed by Corey Schneider. Now Luongo may find himself on the Toronto Maple Leafs, or worse, the Columbus Blue Jackets next season!
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