Frozen Fantasy: First Time for Everything
Frozen Fantasy: First Time for Everything

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

I've been playing fantasy hockey for longer than I can remember. I've been heavily into keeper leagues for at least 15 years. And I've never had a trade challenged.

Until this week.

I guess I've been lucky. I was taken aback when it happened. After a really brief WTF moment, I started to reflect. Had I blown it? Did I get taken in the deal?

Introspection is everything.

The trade was suspended for 24 hours while league members debated it. Our rules required six of the remaining 10 players to object to overturn it. So I held my breath and waited. Those opposed said I got hosed. They hinted at collusion.

The deal eventually went through, but it was a weird 24 hours.

The format is new to me. It has unlimited keepers with weekly matchups and daily transactions. It has five offensive categories and four goalie categories. So, I drafted goalie heavy because I thought they would rule the league.

I was wrong.

Scoring is up. This year's average goals-per-game is the highest since about 2005-06. We're all holding goalies we thought would be studs. And they're not. The game has changed dramatically.

So I sent Devan Dubnyk, Tanner Pearson and Kyle Capobianco (minors) off for Curtis McElhinney, Kasperi Kapanen and Owen Tippett (minors).

I'm playing for 2020-21 – that's how long I think it'll take to dig out from where I am. My trade partner was in fifth and trying to make a title run. For

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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