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07-23-2012, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by haseoke39 View Post
I think Columbus won this trade. They got three players in their early 20s, 2 of whom played substantial roles on a 1st place team. They were always going to give up the best player in the trade, but their hand was forced, and the Rangers gave up a pretty good prospect, two decent NHL forwards with room to improve, and a 1st for a 65 point winger. No complaints from me, it was more than I thought they would get.
I'd put Erixon in the "elite prospect" category. He's very highly regarded. He can play on a second-pairing this season. Murray-Erixon is a great tandem for the future, and Nikitin-Tyutin was awesome last season.

I don't have a problem with that haul. Once Dubinsky's shooting% progresses to its mean, he'll be a 20-goal guy again with good defensive ability and excellent competitiveness. Anisimov is a solid player, as well, and they got a 1st they can use in a trade to continue the upgrading of that roster.

Again, I really like the adds of Foligno, Dubi, and Anisimov to that roster.

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