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04-05-2010, 01:24 PM
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I actually really liked Parrish. He had some great hands. But, when you are small, slow, and weak on the puck, you aren't going to make it in the current NHL.
I wasn't suggesting we buy out Huet. I was suggesting that Harding is a good goalie, but his value is at an all time low. It's not worth it to trade him. But it is worth it to trade Backstrom. I don't think there is much a gap between Backstrom and Harding. Shooters have figured out that if you go high on Backstrom, you can score. Harding, once he gets a few games under his belt, looks great, even when playing with a major injury.
We take on Huet's contract, and let Huet challenge Harding for the #1 role. If Harding wins, we send Huet to the AHL for 1 year, his last contract year. No cap hit, and Leopold just rights the 6m check and closes his eyes. If Harding is a bust, we are a bit screwed, but then you just keep Huet for a season.
This deal would give us Sharp, a legit shooter for Koivu - a guy who has put up 70 points setting-up a 3rd liner. Adding Sharp would give Koivu another 10 points, not to mention the huge improvement of Sharp over Miettinen. Sharp would fill a huge, huge need for this team.
It's just hard to justify taking on Huet's contract. For his play, I don't see him being able to help us out like we need a goalie to, and how are we supposed to move Backstrom? He can veto any trade that we make. I say we keep him because I think he'll have a bounce-back season.
Sharp would be a huge upgrade over Miettinen, but I really would hate to take on that huge of a contract, and I think that that trade ends up making us worse off.
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