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Nylander waived - Should the Habs pick him up?
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11-08-2009, 11:03 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
If we could get them to take a trade for gomez, i might consider it.
Nylander, given top line minutes between gionta/cammelleri and given the PP minutes that go with it would not be much of a downgrade, production wise.
then he's only on the books for 1 more season and frees up almost 3M for this year and next.
Some people will get up and arms about it, but let's face it, Gomez is not and will not be any where close to the 80+ point player he was that one season. He's a ~60 point guy who plays well in the playoff. At 4-5M, he's a good asset, at 7.4M, he's a burden.
We need to resign Plekanec, and wait until we have either a great draft(either by using a high pick well, or by using a 10-20 pick to land a #1 centre... yes, lot's of the top line talent in the league right now were picked in that range, or later)., or a GM/Pro scouting staff capable of targeting and landing a guy primed for that king of break out.
Waiting out the next 5 years hoping Gomez can become that dominant centre for us is just foolish. Not going to happen.
Plus, if Nylander really is finished, and not just in decline because he was taken away from prime ice time/linemates, then the team will just struggle a little more and wind up with an even higher pick in what is said to be the bests draft since 2003 (which, if it is the case, the wise thing to do would be to either use a high pick to trade down and double up in the first round, if possible, or make a trade or two near the deadline to get another 1st round pick).
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