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Friedman: I have Kreider and am extending his contract from $1 to $6 so I can keep him for at least another season, so I hope you are right. If Pierre-Marc Bouchard (New York Islanders) ends up being on a line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson, he might be it.

Burnside: Since I know my colleagues are reading I am looking hard at Sergei Kostitsyn. Okay, so KHL points don’t count. Seriously, I think goalie Steve Mason has a chance to revive his career in Philadelphia and wouldn’t be surprised if he garners a lot of attention at our draft (and a lot of money in salary cap space). In terms of a skater, Tyler Toffoli had a nice turn for the Los Angeles Kings late last season and in the playoffs, and has a chance to see at least some limited power play time moving forward.

Shoalts: Two years ago, P.A. Parenteau was a great $1 player for me when he played with John Tavares. He was still great last season with 43 points in 48 games after he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche and played with Matt Duchene. Those numbers might take him out of the sleeper category but I think he gets overlooked. One caveat for this season: Watch him closely, because one of Patrick Roy’s first moves as head coach was to take Parenteau off Duchene’s line and play him with rookie Nathan McKinnon and Jamie McGinn. That might work out, but chances are Parenteau could end up back with Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly.

LeBrun: Keep an eye on 18-year-old winger Valeri Nichushkin, drafted 10th overall (by the Dallas Stars) last spring. I know he really turned some heads in Traverse City at the prospects tournament earlier this month, and people I’ve spoken with say he could really surprise this year.

Duhatschek: Okay, one final thought. How much of the appeal of fantasy sports is the trash talk that goes on? David and Elliotte have had some memorable exchanges. I would argue David is at his most creative when he posting updates on our website as to the progress of his Northwest High Northwesters and their legendary managerial team. Is that part of the appeal? We don’t spend as much time as we used to, perched on bar stools. Is cybertrashing is the next best thing?

Burnside: It’s a rare podcast that Pierre doesn’t slip in a reference to our standings because invariably he is ahead of me. I always ask him if his pool is one that pays out in October or November. Doesn’t seem to matter come April, though. And frankly there is nothing better than making a deal that vaults you up the standings while simultaneously causing a colleague to implode. Just wish it would happen to Pierre more often. I am also one of those owners who does math on a regular basis and imagines that if all things fall correctly I could still get in the money. Much like the Leafs or Flames refuse to whole heartedly embrace a rebuild. If there’s even the remotest chance, I am happy to spend the money, and sadly for Chris, his money too.

LeBrun: That’s the best part, of course. The egos on press row make it all the more enjoyable when you win our league (which I’ve done three times over the past eight years, but who’s counting?). Mr. Shoalts by far is the master of the trash talk in our league. I bow to his expertise.

Friedman: Unfortunately for Dave Shoalts, his reporting is much funnier than his trash-talking.

Shoalts: Elliotte, you’re just angry that last season I ended your streak of finishing last every year since this pool started.

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