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Drop Trends: Ailing netminders

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Drop Trends examines some of the players who were most frequently dropped in Yahoo leagues on Saturday and determines if you should stay put or follow the trend.


Scott Darling (CHI - G)


Dropped: 4,082 times

Why? He will be sidelined for three weeks due to an upper-body injury.


Recommendation: Darling will be out for a while and Corey Crawford is over his battle with an illness, so cutting the Blackhawks backup loose is a good idea especially since there won’t be much of the season left by the time he returns to action.


Peter Budaj (TBL - G)


Dropped: 1,880 times

Why? He lost his spot start against Pittsburgh on Friday night.


Recommendation: Budaj lost a great deal of value when Jonathan Quick returned to the lineup and his stock plummeted further when he was shipped to Tampa Bay. He probably won’t see much action behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, as the Lightning want to play their 22-year-old netminder as much as possible. It also wasn’t a very successful debut for Budaj, who allowed four goals on 34 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Penguins. It’s likely that Budaj’s ownership will continue to fall over the course of the month.


Roberto Luongo (FLA - G)


Dropped: 1,218 times

Why? Roberto Luongo is out with a lower-body.


Recommendation: James Reimer has been playing well and seeing plenty of action while Luongo deals with an ongoing injury. It’s unclear when he will be available to return, so Reimer seems like the better option in the crease between the two Panthers goalies right now.


Antoine Roussel (DAL - LW)


Dropped: 1,210 times

Why? He is likely out for the rest of the season after suffering a hand injury on Thursday.


Recommendation: He is projected to miss six-to-eight weeks, so it’s probably safe to drop him. Roussel has 27 points and 115 penalty minutes in 60 games this season. He can be a strong contributor if your league values PIMs, so look elsewhere for that category.


Jake Gardiner (TOR - D)


Dropped: 1,135 times

Why? He has gone three games without a point.


Recommendation: It seems a bit premature to let Gardiner go right now. His four-game point streak may have come to an end, but the Leafs blueliner is still having a career year in 2016-17 with 32 points after 64 contests. He also owns a personal best plus-22 rating. I would wait a little longer and see if he gets back on track before dropping him.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.