research request value of Biron + Boyle for Olsen + pick
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07-31-2012, 08:07 PM
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Isn't Olsen more valuable filling a bigger need than bringing a bottom 6 forward with minimum use on half the ice?
Of all the Hawks' problems, it doesn't seem like the 3rd line is one of them. Even if Bolland does well on the 2nd line (I'm skeptical), 3rd line scoring will drop off offsetting most of the gain offensively with Boyle centering that line. Boyle isn't an offensive threat or playmaker and teams know they can cheat on him. Bolland seems to be able to hold his own defensively and there is going to be more size on the roster than the last 2 years.
Move Bolland, then Boyle is a very good trade for Olsen. Otherwise I think it's best to be loaded up on dmen unless an opportunity to fill one of the bigger holes presents itself. I think we've seen Boyle's peak anyway, and while he is a slight improvement to the bottom 6, it just doesn't seem to be the right way to use a player like Olsen since Dmen have been in such high demand at the deadlines and before.
Move Olsen to fix a real problem or move one of the other dmen to do so and keep Olsen in the top 7.
I wish Bowman would give us a statement about his confidence in the goalies this week so we wouldn't have to talk about speculative trades.
It's not about improving the 3rd line, you're missing the point, it's about improving our abysmal center depth as a whole. With Boyle we can run three legit centers down the middle. If it wasn't obvious that 2C was a huge problem last year I don't know what to tell you.
As for Bolland not being able to handle 2C? He just just scored at 40 point pace, on the third line, taking 70% of his starts in the d zone, where his most common linemates throughout the season were Bryan Bickell and Michael Frolik. With guys like Sharp and Hossa on his wing, starting 50% in the offensive zone it's not unrealistic to think he could get 50+ points (easily), that's all you need out of a 2C. Some people seem to think our 2C needs to kill it and put up 8 points.
No, we need to roll 4 lines that all serve a purpose.
That's a deep forward lineup: 2 scoring lines, 1 two way line that will rough a team up and be responsible, and 1 line to really rough teams up.
It's not about improving the 3rd line, it's about improving the entire depth of the team. The absolute weakest part of our forwards last year was center depth and the second was physicality, this move can help with both that.
Plus, you can save stars energy from the PK (I would think Hossa in particular coming off his injury could use this).
Speaking to Disgruntled, I wouldn't mind expanding this trade some and have the Hawks give more back to get a guy like McIlrath...
Olsen, Morin and a 1st for Boyle and McIlrath
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