Originally Posted by reeveta
Just reviving this thread rather then starting a new one.
So do we have a concensus on what Paul Martin is worth? He is 2nd in d-man scoring right now which is obviously above where we expect him to finish. However so much of d-man points is situation and he appears to be in a good one.
What level of forward would you consider a good trade for him right now in a keeper league?
I think this is a tough question. Martin has been playing lights out for sure, getting prime opportunity and exceeding expectations. But I don't think this is a re-birth for him -- just a nice opportunity to contribute offensively this season and he's capitalizing. After all, Letang still rules the roost there even if the TOI/stats don't necessarily support it recently, and the Pens also have some nice offensive-upside D-men looking to make the club full time in future seasons (Joe Morrow immediately comes to mind).
So in terms of trade value in a keeper league, I'd actually approach it from a one-year league mindset: certainly if I was trading for him and also if I was looking to deal him.
In other words, if you're contending, I'd be looking for a forward who is producing now, has the goods to continue it this year, and is currently rostered by a team with the depth to spare him but who is not necessarily keeper worthy in his own right. Not a complete listing or necessarily a fully thought out one, but I'd start by looking at teams that have Selanne, Jagr or those types. And on the flip side, if you're not contending this season, I'd take a look at teams who are in contention and have an "underperforming" or "disappointing" young asset that they might be willing to move in an attempt to get over the hump.
Sorry this is more conceptual than specific in terms of player names, but it's kind of tough to gauge without knowing the type of league, size, depth, scoring cats and types of GMs that you have out there. I do know, however, that in my league where I have Martin that the above scenarios are pretty much how a trade would be constructed if I were to put Martin on the block (i.e., nobody is really viewing this as anything other than me getting quite a nice contributing player from the waiver wire and whose value has suddenly skyrocketed as it pertains to this season, and maybe not even quite that long).