Thread: Speculation: Trade Value of Habs Players
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05-03-2011, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Pierre Jr View Post
I thought this thread was about how much the players we want to get rid of are worth, so here goes:
(though I'll only bother listing the players that other teams may actually want)

Benoit Pouliot: Up-and-down player with good size. Still young. Still talented. can be had for a 3rd rounder or young prospect (who's a project).

Andrei Kostitsyn: I'm pretty sure his stock went up over the last month or two of the season. I'd imagine a 2nd rounder and a good prospect (something like a Danny Kristo) would be the type of deal pitched to Gauthier.

Jaroslav Spacek: Maybe a 7th round pick but I doubt it. I think he's even more untradeable than Gomez.

Josh Gorges?: I don't want to trade him, but he'd no doubt be valuable in a trade. If Gauthier knew for sure that Emelin was coming over instance, and if he was able to re-sign both Wizniewski and Markov, maybe Gorges could become trade bait, alongside Pouliot or Kostitsyn for a top line winger. I wouldn't do it, but sometimes you have to be creative as a GM. Anything is possible this year, imo.

Yannick Weber: Another guy I'd love to keep, but could be tantalizing to other GM's. Already a good puck mover and PP specialist, Weber showed an ability to be more physical this year, and if he continues to improve in that area, he could become a very valuable player for any team. I'd say on his own he's worth about what a Nick Leddy on Chicago is worth at the moment. Leddy, you'll remember, was traded almost exclusively for Cam Barker.

Out of all these players, the only player I see actually being on the move is Pouliot. It will be a very interesting couple of months though. I think that Markov will be the first big domino to fall, subsequently effecting most of the other free agents. (besides Halpern, Mara and Sopel, who i assume are gone regardless.)
Why would Halpern be gone regardless of what happens? I can see him being re-signed with a bit of a raise, he was a solid contributor this past year(faceoffs, PK, offense) in limited ice time, plus he is a quality guy in the room.

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