Coyotes GM Don Maloney Breaks down their Trade Deadline Day Deals
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03-07-2009, 09:44 AM
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The Joikinen deal doesn't look that great to me. Lombardi has blinding speed but the jury is still out if he will ever become an effective top 6 player. Prust, well, tough guys that aren't that tough and who already have a pretty major concern about concussions, aren't worth much. And that first rounder? 20th? Later? Sure it's an asset but history shows that it's more likely to be a marginal player than a star.
And all that for a legitimate #1 centre with good size. These 3 for 1 trades almost always just mean you are diluting a hard to get asset into 3 assets that anybody can get. I think Sutter won this trade.
I agree. I think the key is whether Maloney can trade that first for an established top 6 forward that can be in the lineup next season. Maybe on draft day. In my opinion, you can't trade your number 1 center (Jokinen) for a first next season, when you need as you say "hard" players now. Coyotes have a great lineup of young prospects and picks, but that first won't skate for the Yotes for 3-4 years. Maloney needs to transform that asset into a number one center now. Theres definitely a hole without both Jokinen and Keith Ballard in the lineup that needs to be filled immediately, not in 4 years.
No one in Phx understands getting Brust. Dime a dozen player. Would've rather had a low pick.
Matthew Lombardi definietly has potential, but doesn't replace Jokinen by himself.
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