This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.
Life makes you do desperate things. No, we're not talking about those types of things. More like fantasy moves made under duress, against one's belief system and moral upbringing. Although it would seem these actions would take place when in a rut and/or when a shakeup is required, there are times when all you want to do is push closer to the top.
Here's an example: I hate the Leafs. Like, really hate the Leafs. This is coming from someone who grew up and lived most of his life in Toronto. I make it a point to never draft any Buds, you know, just to clear my conscience. So why would I pick up Morgan Rielly and James Reimer in one league within a couple weeks? Because I like pain – but I enjoy winning even more. They just happened to be the best short-term available options at the time.
So sometimes you have to hold your breath and fearlessly dive in. While regret may be the first emotion, you'll soon realize players are interchangeable and can be dropped anytime. And if these players end up succeeding, pretend like you planned it all along. (FWIW, I'm now first in this league, but not because of those guys. Phew, I can sleep peacefully.)
While many clubs may be hurting and looking for a whole new outlook, a few sit in a positive position and only need to tweak the system:
Stats as of Tuesday, Nov. 24.
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