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If you’re an owner of Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo, like I am, the question marks that surrounding him heading into the season still exist as of today.

Luongo is not starting the majority of games in Vancouver. Looking at the numbers, he’s basically splitting the starts  (9 for Schneider, 8 for Luongo) with Cory Schneider, and it doesn’t look like he’s any closer to being traded. So frustrated owners, who to date, have been rewarded with a 5-0-3 record, with a league leading 1.45 GAA and second best save percentage in the league at .941%, have to basically continue to wait for Vancouver to make a move, and it doesn’t appear it’s happening in the near future.

Finding value for a goalie that isn’t technically the starter is a tough one. What you have going for you in this particular case is the name. Luongo should still net you a solid forward and more, especially in a keeper league.  In good time, he will be starting somewhere, but for the time being, it may be a good move to explore the trade market if you’re feeling a tad impatient with his lack of starts.

I’ve been in the situation all year in my keeper league. To give you some background, I acquired Luongo along with Gabriel Landeskog in the off-season in exchange for Erik Karlsson (I knew he would be injured!) and Jeff Carter. My thinking behind this deal was simple. I needed help with my goalies (only had Bryzgalov as a keeper) and I was hoping a Luongo trade would occur, making him a starter somewhere.

After waiting this out for the early part of the season, I myself, have decided to put Luongo on the block.  The stats categories in this head-to-head pool include, goals, assists, +/-, power play points, shots on goal, game-winning goals, wins, GAA, SV% and shutouts. With my team full of injuries, Spezza, Lupul and recently Landeskog, I’ve gone searching for offense.

Here are a few trades I put out there in hopes to find value for him.

Trade Proposal 1:

Roberto Luongo                                    Alexander Semin

Tyler Bozak                       for               Paul Stastny

Saku Koivu                                          Drew Doughty

Curtis Glencross                                  Slava Voynov

I was hoping in this deal to acquire the rights to Alexander Semin, but the manager wanted no part of that and counter with this:

Jack Johnson                                         Roberto Luongo

Paul Stastny                     for                 Saku Koivu

Milan Lucic

The owner feels the value for a goalie that splits the starts isn’t worth Semin, but instead a player like Lucic. I have to say, I wasn’t surprised, but it makes you wonder if it’s better to hang on to him.

Trade Proposal 2:

Roberto Luongo             for                 Joe Thornton

This trade was rejected, and I wasn’t surprised, but the comments from the other owner was surprising. He felt the offer was fair, but felt no need to give up on Thornton at this time. Good news here was this owner felt it was a fair offer. No counter though.

Trade Proposal 3:

Roberto Luongo                                      Jaromir Jagr

Tyler Bozak                      for                  Jarome Iginla

Again, I need offense, I went after a struggling Iginla in this proposal. Here was the counter

Roberto Luongo                                       Jaromir Jagr or Teemu Selanne

Tyler Bozak                      for                   Brent Burns

So I went from asking for Iginla and Jagr to be offered Jagr or Selanne and Burns. No thanks!

I still believe Luongo is worth a Thornton or Semin, but the trick is finding another owner that believes in a goalie that starts half his teams games. He’s playing his best hockey in years, so continue to investigate the market and good luck!

Top 5 pickups in Yahoo!

1. Brayden Schenn (PHI)

2. Jakub Voracek (PHI)

3. Cody Franson (TOR)

4. Benoit Pouliot (TB)

5. Ray Emery (CHI)

Top 5 drops in Yahoo!

1. Ryan Clowe (SJ)

2. Brent Burns (SJ)

3. Andy Greene (NJ)

4. Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)

5. Rene Bourque (MTL)

Greatest Change in percentage owned on ESPN:

1. Colin Wilson (NAS) 54.2%

2. Carl Hagelin (NYR) 44.9%

3. Zach Bogosian (WPG) 40.9%

4. Cody Franson (TOR) 36.8%

5. Gabriel Landeskog (COL) 38.8%

If you any fantasy questions this season, let me know in the comment section, and good luck this week.