Thread: Proposal: Tor-Pit
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02-21-2011, 12:22 AM
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seanlinden
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Pittsburgh problably doesn't touch this one, and I suspect that Toronto would be very hesitant to make this move aswell.

On the Penguins side, simply put, they can acquire a winger with a longer track than MacArthur, and with contract for less than MacArthur will cost (in terms of assets). It's been beaten to death, but Brad Boyes makes a ton of sense for the Penguins to acquire, and they can problably do it without losing a roster player. Goligoski is incredibly valuable to them because he's a really cheap #5 defneceman that can step up into the top 4, and allow them to have Lovejoy/Engelland as the #6.

On the Toronto side, Goligoski would be a very nice addition, but you've really gotta question whether or not it makes sense with our current crop of players. He's not good enough defensively to play the top shutdown minutes with Phaneuf (or Schenn if they decide to mix things up next year). He would fit very nicely on the 2nd pair in the spot that Kaberle played. However, we have Carl Gunnarsson for whom it would not be a huge stretch to throw into that role.

Obviously that's an upgrade you make if you can (demoting Gunnarsson to the 3rd pair with Aulie), but it's problably not worth valuing Goligoski high enough for Pittsburgh to trade him, especially when you've got guys like Blacker/Gardiner who you've got a ton of hope for long term.

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