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12-19-2008, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by TimminsTheStorm View Post
Thing is that he played with our best center last year. It helps. Zednik scored 31 goals in 2002-2003 and can't really be considered as a top-6 player. While I agree that he's a top-6 forward, this is exactly where the problem is. Tanguay, Lang, Kovalev, Andrei Kostitsyn, D'Agostini, Koivu, Higgins, Plekanec are ALL top-6 players, and while some may have a hard year, they all deserve more than bottom-6 minutes. Guys like Latendresse and Sergei Kostitsyn are also young 21-years-old players who will be top-6 players in a few years, maybe even this year if they keep on the progression (Latendresse seems to have taken his game to another step, I've never seen him play like he did the last two games).

You can't put offensive players who are as young as S. Kostitsyn and Latendresse on the 4th line, and you can't afford to put a guy like D'Agostini (who has been our best player in December in my opinion) on the bottom-6 with the tools he has.

Now, what are you doing? It's not that far-fetched to consider Higgins as being an expendable player, because all factors taken into consideration (age, contribution, talent, potential, salary, trade value), he's one of the first to come to mind. Put the fact that we desperately need another top-4 defenseman to be considered as a perenial contender into the mix, and you've got yourself an answer.
At this rate, yes Higgins has more trade value. His salary is 1.7 mil right now though, bound to go up of course, doubt it will be that high though. Plek has similar value, I honestly would rather trade him next year.

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