Originally Posted by NikW71
Very good advice coming from the guy that has Crosby and Malkin lol! Interesting to hear how you acquired them instead of making it sound impossible.
I traded for Crosby after the 2006-07 season. I gave up Lecavalier, Jagr, Selanne and Brodeur for him. Remember, this was right after Lecavalier put up 108 points, Jagr followed up a 123-point campaign the year before with a 96-point season, Selanne put up 94 points for his second consecutive 90-point season, and Brodeur won the Vezina Trophy with 48 wins, 12 shutouts, and awesome GAA/SV%. So, it was a hefty price tag, and it actually took me about a year or two to rebuild my team depth.
Malkin I lucked into. Nobody in my league drafted him the first two years after his draft year because of the uncertainty over whether he would come to North America. I ended up winning the draft lottery the summer before his rookie season, when talk began of him trying to come over. So, I grabbed him with my 1st overall pick.
He's the only one of my keepers who I drafted, though. The rest were acquired via trades... sometimes paying through the nose to get the guy I wanted (Lundqvist, Crosby), and other times timing the trade so it happens before they bust out (Giroux, Letang, Yandle).
It's obviously not impossible to trade for Crosby... especially now, after two years of shaky health... but his price tag is very, very high. Even higher in the mind of his current owner than in that of the person trying to acquire him.
15 GM Keeper League w/Roto Scoring (G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, GWG | W, GAA, SV%, SHO)
Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G (23-man rosters) | Protect 10 players w/a max of 1 goalie
C - Crosby*, Malkin* (C/R), Tavares*, Roy, Mueller
L - Marleau* (C/L), Duchene* (C/L), Doan (L/R), McLeod
R - Giroux* (C/R), Kane* (C/R), Grabner, Kassian, Boll
D - Yandle*, Letang*, McDonagh, Hamilton, Oduya, Clitsome
G - Lundqvist*, Halak, Fasth