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GM 44: Canucks def. Lightning - 5-4 (SO) (Edler, Hansen, Malhotra, Kesler)
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01-11-2012, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by
Drop the Sopel
Not if the asking prices are absurd, which they usually are for top 4 dmen at the deadline.
If there's not a good move to be made to upgrade the defense I think you look to bring in a quality top 9 forward. Strengthening the forward group just makes the job of the dmen that much easier. Look how effective the Bruins are with 4 strong lines. Even when Chara's not on the ice and they have underwhelming guys like McQuaid, Ference and Boychuk they are still very difficult to score on because the puck is always deep in the attacking zone.
As good as the top 9 forward group is you have to assume at least one of those guys will be out for the majority of the games. Adding another Higgins would be worth the relatively low cost IMO.
Downie for Schneider is still a no go for me. MG has all but eliminated the idea of moving Schneider at the deadline anyways. There are a couple issues with Downie:
1. Can you trust his production? He had a great ES year last year, but this year he's on pace for 34 points (15min of ice). Raymond can get you 40 on a bad year, and he's essentially what you'd be replacing with Downie. I doubt he pushes Raymond down the depth chart.
2. Who do you give up for him? If Schneider is off the table, the only likely piece to be moved is Raymond. Would you do a Raymond for Downie swap?
3. He seems... not right in the head. Do you think he would be a fit in the room? Philly moved him, and they covet this type of player. If Tbay moves him, then you have to question what it is that you're getting. If his skill-set is so in demand, why is he getting moved twice at 24 yrs of age?
Moen will be too rich to acquire IMO. He's having a career year, but is a 4th liner. If I guy like him is what MG wants, there's Chris Thorburn in WPG. Moen is perhaps a tough more skilled, but CT is locked in for 2 more years and has no qualms in dropping the gloves. He'd be a better target IMO. Also have to figure in Byron Bitz. He may still be a factor later in the season.
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