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07-24-2012, 10:47 AM
dun worry he's cool
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: South of the Border
As a couple people have been coming around to, this trade may look bad from a "what did NYR give up" perspective, but look at it from a "what did Columbus receive" angle for a moment.
This team is in desperate need of a rebuild. However, let's look at them closer. Assume the team finishes last in the league this year. Pending the lottery, they get MacKinnon, Jones, Monahan, Shinkaruk, one of that type of guy. They have Johansen already, Calvert has some promise, Jenner is doing fairly well, so they have a decent stable of up and comers. Only one of them (plus their 2013 draft pick, who should be elite) are real high end top line guys, but it's not barren. Anisimov is only 24, and should be a 20 goal scorer minimum (put up 37 in the AHL, his NHL high is 18). Dubinsky is a 26 year old two-time 20 goal scorer. Their forward corps (after adding a top 5 pick in 2013) will be significantly better than Nashville's has ever been.
The blue line is where Columbus has been building though. As big of a joke as that Wiz contract was, he is a legitimate top 4 defenseman. Tyutin is a solid top 4 type guy as well. Jack Johnson looks like the real deal. Maybe he's not a #1 but he should fare well on a top pairing. All three of those guys are signed for 5-6 years. Now add Tim Erixon (who as much as people freak out about, is still a pretty good defensive prospect and would be at the very worst third in our pool) and David Savard to that pool (I don't know anything about John Moore, so maybe add him too?) and that's a pretty formidable blue line going forward.
So the real question is, can either Bob the Goalie or York handle the net for this team in the long run? This team is going to be terrible this year, and should be a lottery pick. But this team has a potential future in front of it if they can get rid of Howson and install someone with half a clue.
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