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05-10-2011, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Steven Mastrosimone View Post
This board can't find a middle ground with Anisimov. There are those that think we should trade him because we can, and there are those that are in love with his game. I, for one, love his game. He's our best defensive forward at 22, and he chipped in with 44 points in his sophomore year, and we should trade him? Why can't we keep him, and have excellent center depth? He's not a superstar, but he's not chopped liver, either.

I love Boyle, but with his increased value, it would be a good time to capitalize on it and trade him in a bigger deal.
It isn't about trading AA because we can (well maybe for some), but more along the lines of the fact that he would be someone that is expendable in a deal for an elite talent. Stepan is clearly going to be a better player and Boyle looks like our long term 3rd line center, so if we can get an elite LW (or C if BR isn't signed) for AA+... you HAVE to do it. Otherwise you are promoting being stuck in the middle of the pack every year. AA won't get much better than he is now, because he just doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to do so. Too soft and he is doesn't tend to show up in big games.

Given that, if there is no elite player available or we can get that said player for something else other than AA that doesn't include anyone important to our core, then you have to keep him. He is a good player.

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