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01-18-2012, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by TehDoak View Post
Hanzal is no more a 1st line center than Hecht.
I'd still take him over Hecht, or Roy for that matter. And as Zip posted, yes, maybe Tippet really likes Hanzal. But he's never been over 35 points in a season, has never scored more than 16 goals, and while he's still young, at 25 he's not a prospect anymore. So IMO, trading a 35-40 pt/season center and a mid 1st is similar to trading a solid prospect and a mid-1st for Roy, which is what many have offered/seen as his legit trade value. So I don't think it's too much of a fairy land deal. And yes, maybe Roy at 5.5m in actual salary is a bit much as opposed to 3.1 for Hanzal, but also remember, Doan's contract will be off the books and he may look forward to staying in Phoenix to play with a center as talented as Roy, who could boost his numbers a bit. Same goes for Whitney. Hanzal's a good defensive center, but he's more of a very very good 3rd liner as opposed to a top-line center.

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