Odd man out - Bouchard?
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07-06-2012, 09:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a daze
As far as I see it, PMB is a low-risk asset at this point. He has one year left on the books which is the real strength of the whole situation.
The Wild are in a no-lose situation. If he's fantastic and helps the team to the playoffs: win. If he's injured/terrible: not unexpected and see ya.
He's a likely victim of a numbers game down the line anyway, so I don't see much of a gamble keeping him in the lineup this year.
If he gets hurt, you get cap relief and can deal for someone or offer the youngster of the day the playing time at the big club. To me, Bulmer is his ultimate replacement (RW and all) but I would like to see him get the year in the AHL.
Again, I go back to it being a no-lose because the expectation is so low at this point that it's either he builds value for the trade deadline or he's gone at the end of the season. If he's in the lineup, I'll expect productivity.
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