EDM interested in Hjalmarsson
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06-25-2012, 06:10 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL
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Agree.. The Kane connection, CHI needing a #2C and this being the year of reunions, (Schenns, Staals) Gagner should be in the talks.
EDM fans are hoping it to be Gagner+ for Hammer + McNeill
CHI fans are hoping it to be Hammer+ for Gagner + MPS
A straight across swap should help both clubs
Not going to comment on the value - but IMO the Hawks don't get better by the trade. The Hawks do have a big hole at #2 center - but IMO that's not addressed by adding a guy who is below average at face-off's, physical presence, and defensive positioning. Offensively - he's a decent #2 guy, but IMO he's not a #2 center on a play-off team. (And I like Gagner - I just don't think he brings enough of the non-scoring aspects of the game to be an good #2 center).
Then add in the Hawks would have to have a 2nd pair of Oduya & Leddy, and the blueline defensively outside of Keith & Seabrook would be a wasteland.
I have a hard time seeing how trading Hjalmarsson improves the Hawks, unless they've got another trade/UFA signing pending.
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