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05-23-2012, 03:37 PM
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Why do Wild need a 6M #1 goalie when they have a solid 1A option in Harding and a good young goalie who can play 1B role
And Gaustad was traded at deadline ,, Prices are always inflated at deadline
As for the 2nd going Hawks way ,, Giving up 18th overall for a 1 yr goalie in 30's with hip injury history and 6M cap hit isn't fair value
Harding IMO could be solid for 40-45 games as 1A with Harding as 1B ,, I see no reason to keep Harding in AHL as he has shown his game is NHL ready
I just dont see Wild as playoff team next year and think this trade helps all involved
-Hawks get G upgrade
-Wild move an expensive non critical part of team and move a mid 2nd into a mid 1st round
-Backstrom moves on to a contender as he enters the twilight of his career
You keep bringing up price as a sticking point for why we should trade Backstrom, but you don't understand that we don't care. We don't need cap space this year.
And while Harding could be a viable option for starter when he's healthy, he really has problems staying healthy. If he got injured, throwing Hackett into the starting position every night, not only would that leave us with an inexperienced young player as a starting goalie, but our backup would be Kuemper.
We have absolutely no reason to trade Backstrom this year, and moving up 20 spots in a weak draft is not enticing enough.
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