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12-15-2009, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
to LAK:

Hamrlik
Gill
Halak


to Mtl:
J.Johnson
Frolov
Ersberg


we take on a little more risk since Frolov is UFA at the end of the season, but get a potential gem in Johnson, and if Frolov can come in and click with Gomez-Gionta, we end up with two very good scoring lines, plus we free up ~6.5M in extra cap space for next year, money that can go towards re-signing Pleks, Price and Frolov (if the fit is good).
Losing Hamrlik, who has been by far our best D, hurts, but imo Markov/Johnson is at least the same if not an immediate upgrade over Hamrlik/Gill, and long-term it's clearly in our benefit. Ersberg is a capable backup on a cheap salary signed through next season.

LAK gets an upgrade on D (in the short term, Hamrlik + reuniting Gill-Scuderi) and better goaltending depth, two elements that should help them lower their GA/per game (which is 2nd worst in the Western conference, despite being tied for 1st overall in points), which could definitely help them cement their great start. With Smyth due back any day now, their offense should be able to manage losing Frolov, who hasn't been a great fit with T.Murray anyways...


*yes, quick was the player of the week, but if you look at his entire season, and his past seasons, he's plagued by the same thing, giving up soft goals on an almost game by game basis. Ersberg is not good enough to push him for the #1 spot, with Halak in there, they'd have a significant upgrade and even if Halak doesn't take the job outright, he'd be there for when Quick falters.
One reason why I can see this happening is that Hammer is playing lights out for us this season. I would do it to be honest... JJ is going to be a stud. Our Lineup would look

Cammy Pleks Akost
Frolov Gomez Gio
Patches Metro Skost
Moen Lapierre Laraque

Markov JJ
Spacek Gorges
OByrne MAB

Price
Ersberg

Not bad... and when Mara gets back we would be pretty set on D still... with some younger blood as Spacek would be the only 32+ D on the team.

LA's Lineup would look like

Smyth Kopitar Williams
Purcell Stoll Brown
Parsy Handzus Richardson
Ivanans Moller Harrold

Scuderi Doughty
Hammer Jones
Gill/Odonnell Greene

Quick
Halak

They would basically just replace Frolov with Smyth, and have an amazing Defense. This trade would help both teams this season... but the future is a different story. I dunno if LA would go for this.

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