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11-06-2011, 07:20 PM
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Colombus says no but if they continue to slide and start to consider trading guys, Isles should jump on that if they start to play .500 hockey or better and based on how the goalie rotation has gone, Montoya should be getting his oppurtunity soon so going .500 or higher is a possibility.
I'd target 4 guys, Brassard, Vermette, Tyutin and Methot.
I just don't know what they will do. Will they just collect their losses and not do an overhaul or realize the mistake, cut their losses (i.e. trade) and try to reconstruct the team.
If it's collect their losses and stay away from a major overhaul that still means they can look to trade and if so, I'd do Bailey and Nabokov for Vermette. Also, try and get Tyutin as well but sticking with the first proposal, they have Johansen, Brassard and Carter down the middle no? Take Vermette then who is signed on for 3.75 for 3-4 more years.
He is better then Bailey, plays in all situations and adds speed to the lineup. With Montoya playing the way he did (when he played..) there is some flexibility there with Nabokov. Colombus does this because Mason blows and Nabokov gives them a number one for the rest of the year and can re-up him after the season. Bailey is there for roster reasons and maybe with a change of scenery he takes off for them.
If the deal was able to expand with the Isles taking back a roster forward, Tyutin and the Isles giving back Comeau, Mottau (roster reasons) and a first I'd be ecstatic. You upgrade the center depth/3rd line and the defense without seriously hurting your future or current team.
Note- Colombus won't start selling tomorrow. They won't next week, or so I think. So this isn't about rushing to get Nabokov out of here.
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