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04-30-2012, 02:42 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2004
His potential is great to gamble on HF or a rebuilding team where you don't have $16+mil tied up in two players right in their prime. What he actually is right now is a soft winger that turns to puck over to avoid hits and is useless at faceoffs when he plays major minutes as a center. He looks a lot like Flash, who turned out to be an above average winger but is by no means irreplaceable.
Best case scenario where he magically hits the production everyone is projecting (which is mostly based on him as a winger), he is probably going to get $2.5-3mil minimum when he hits RFA. It's easily worth trading him to fill a major hole at 2C RIGHT NOW with someone like Pavelski who's signed to an affordable contract until 2014. It also has the added benefit of moving Laich back to wing where it is a more effective use of his $4.5mil caphit.
His numbers as a winger and potential is worth more than what he actually brings to the team NOW. Best to sell high right now IF it brings back a solution to the 2C problem.
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