Neutral Zone Wrap: Ready Replacements
Neutral Zone Wrap: Ready Replacements

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Neutral Zone Wrap
by Evan Berofsky, RotoWire Writer

Depth is your friend. It is something on which you should depend. (Rhyming not intentional. Even if it's one-dimensional.) No matter how many stars are in your possession, there's no substitute for ready replacements at all positions. Because you never know when a player will wreck their knee on a seemingly innocent looking play or take a surprise puck to the face requiring dental realignment and a few happy pills. How can you ensure you're not left in the cold when someone goes down?

- Try to avoid any short-term transaction unless it also addresses the broader goal. And that goal should be winning, or at least not losing too much ground to the opposition.
- Know your skaters' medical histories. If any of them are injury prone, then keep tabs on suitable backups from either the free agent pool or on someone else's roster.
- Talk with the other owners in your league and find out who's availa

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Evan Berofsky
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