This article is part of our NHL Waiver Wire series.
Since the objective in fantasy is to maximize success, ambition will undoubtedly appear throughout the process. At the same time, civility and common sense should also supplement the experience. In other words, treat other owners how you want to be treated.
Be friendly when communicating with others. You want to enjoy the league as much as they do. And when it comes to trades, please don't keep throwing out awful offers. The first offer can be on the lower end, since negotiations generally start that way. But make sure you don't follow that up with a series of substandard suggestions — and then wonder why the other person isn't responding.
If swapping players isn't your thing, here are some NHLers who can be added mainly for free:
(Ownership rates/stats as of Jan. 17)
Jeff Carter, LA (Yahoo: 41%, ESPN: 68%, CBS: 46%): It's not often you'll find a perennial 60-point performer on this list, but that's just the recent reality surrounding the Kings. Carter endured a horrendous run in November and December where he only posted five points in 22 games, but his ice time has remained steady throughout. The most recent 10 appearances have yielded four goals and four assists, including a three-point effort versus the Penguins on Saturday.
Brendan Gallagher, MON (Yahoo: 64%, ESPN: 81%, CBS: 79%): Gallagher has generally been prized in fantasy circles for his continued multi-category production, but a few hiccups have arisen along the way. Last year's haul of 31 goals,