Gaborik Talk on Empire
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10-31-2003, 02:17 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Rochester, NY
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Hell no. Vanek will be very good. Probably a 35-40 goal scorer. Same as Gaborik. To trade a potential 40 goal scorer, a potential (SHOULD BE) 40 assist center, and a player who, although not very likely, could still break out for 30 goals for one player who can score 50 goals is too much for me to give up.
What if we trade all that and then Gaborik gets a concussion in his first year here? Then what? Then Vanek will probably be a fifty goal scorer with Connolly setting him up for 50 assists in Minnesota. And WE are left with nothing.
And what happens if Max never fully recovers from his concussion, Connolly never lives up to the hype, and Vanek is indeed the next Pavel Brendl?
In this deal the Sabres get a young superstar that has 2 30 goal NHL seasons on a team that plays an even more strict defensive system than the Sabres do.
Plus, Gaborik has more upside left than Max or Connolly, especially since he hasn't had a concussion that has held him out of action recently.
I'm biased because it was my idea, but I'd do it because it would improve the Sabres big time this season and takes away the risk of whether Connolly, Max, and Vanek will ever live up to expectations.
The only thing the Sabres take on is salary.
I'd do that deal in a heartbeat.
But that's also why Kelley and Robitaille said that deals like that never happen. Although, if I had called I would have brought up deals like the Peca, Yashin, Kovalev, and Jagr deals. Players go for less than you might think when they price themselves out of a market.
If Minnesota isn't going to pay Gaborik and he doesn't cave to their demands, then they'll have to move him for something. And I think that the package I suggested might interest the Wild. Especially given the fact that they could have an easy time marketing Vanek to their fans.
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