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07-15-2005, 03:38 PM
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Once again, the trade Handzus movement is only because Michal is probably one of two players on our roster currently who could bring us back a goldmine in a trade. That's the only reason why his name is mentioned so frequently. Do I want to see Handzus traded? No, not specifically.
However, with the emergence of Carter and Richards, who becomes the most expendable? Handzus does. You know Primeau is going nowhere and Handzus is too good to play on the fourth line. He becomes the piece that helps us acquire that mean streaked defensemen we've been lacking for years. That's the reality behind it.
I've already mentioned that the two players who could net us a goldmine are Handzus and Johnsson. I'd love to see the team four deep in terms of wingers as well. However, with the "new" NHL being what it is, it would be financial suicide to do something like that.
Anyways, nobody here is out to trade Handzus. Fact of the matter though is that he is one of our golden negotiating chips that we have.
I understand why people are mentioning Handzus as trade bait and agree with most of what everyone says on here about his value, I like the friendly debate. He is our most valuable bargaining chip, and we need to take advantage of that. (I am not even thining about trading KJ for a split second, he is out #1 dman), however, it all comes down to one thing, we need to wait and see how Carter and Richards play. They could come in and light the world or fire, they could completely bomb and not be ready for the NHL. My guess is most likely somewhere in the middle, however, I dont feel we should even entertain trading Handzus until these two guys prove they will be effective this year.
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