Summer 2008: the time has come for Bob Gainey to hit a Homerun
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05-26-2008, 04:35 PM
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Man your arguments are so one sided. I love how you bunch players like Hagman, Malone and Blake together because you believe that they have had only one good year and will all of a sudden suck for the rest of their career. No he did not have a good playoffs, it happens, just because a player gets cold doesn't mean he is a write off. Points aren't everything either, he was getting chances, doing the right things, making good plays but not producing. So because Higgins doesn't always finish his plays does that mean we should just trade him? Dallas does not have the same 1st and 2nd line depth that we have. A third line of Higgins-Chipchura-Hagman would be absolutely dynamite IMO, and they could be effective at both ends of the ice. There is more to signing a player than just looking at his stats. You need to project where he will play on the roster, how he will fit in, and what he can bring to the team. I think Hagman would be a great fit on our team despite him "being the next Blake" as you say, just like Malone will be, Hah.
Did higgins just suddenly have one good year at producing?
You also have to look at the fact that Hagman won't be cheap. You also have to look at the fact that he more than likely won't like being on the 2nd line, not really a big factor, could cause him to be unhappy.
I agree, Chipchura, Higgins, Hagman would be a much more better shutdown line than the one we had this year, but Gainey is looking for a good top 6 forward first. If he can't acquire one through trade, or free agent signing, then getting secondary players, such as Hagman would help.
I don't think Malone will be, but has the potential. Hagman may be good defensively as well, but Malone is a big body, tough, willing to fight, which Montreal needs more than Hagman.
Though, Malone will probably demand something ridiculous like upwards of 4 mill. Hagman, after his almost 30 goal season will want something like 3 mill maybe? Maybe even more and push towards the same as Malone.
You have to look at players abilities AND team needs.
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