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03-17-2009, 02:16 PM
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Horrible proposal from so many angles. Detroit is already logjammed next season at goalie with Osgood under contract, Howard out of options, and both Larsson and McCollum expected to be in the AHL. There simply is no room to add another one without moving someone out. That said, unproven goaltending is not something Ken Holland has ever placed much value in so if he were to make a trade it would most likely be for someone with more experience, especially in the playoffs.

Another consideration is that Darren Helm is very highly valued by Mike Babcock. Cap and roster issues are the only reason he wasn't on the Wings all season and Babcock has all but assured he'll be a fixture in the lineup again this year in the playoffs. He brings an element of speed the Wings lack in the bottom six and has been a great faceoff guy in his NHL stints. With Draper on his last legs and the possibility that someone like Filppula could be moved, depth at center in the near future is a bit thin and Helm is a favorite of the coach and the fans. Add in his 599k cap hit for a team perpetually crammed at the ceiling and his value to the Wings is extremely high.

Now consider the proposal. If the Wings are not going to resign Franzen, is the best offer for his negotiating rights likely to be a conditional 3rd/4th round pick? Probably not, especially when the price of that pick is a solid prospect and a 2nd round pick. All in all just a horrible deal for Detroit since Montreal doesn't lose even if Franzen doesn't sign. Take Helm out of the deal and it's more realistic from a value standpoint, but still very unlikely to happen. Halak's maximum value is probably a 2nd round pick (same that Huet and Biron were traded for) so the seeming valuation of his being 2nd + prospect looks alot like a little home cooking on rating his value.

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