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08-07-2012, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck View Post
It would be wonderful to acquire an additional first round pick who is projected to play on a top line but I don't think the Habs can offer enough from their roster. Some fans suggest trading Gionta, a player who has produced for the Habs and is respected enough to serve as their captain. However, IMO expecting a first rounder would be wishful thinking. Apparently Lou Lamoriello didn't think Gionta was worth all those millions or he would still be a Devil. I'd say he could fetch a second rounder at the trading deadline, although Bergevin might not want to part with him if the Habs are in a fight for a playoff berth. Gionta couldn't be packaged with Gomez or Bourque because the acquiring team couldn't afford their salaries or their combined liabilities. Still, the Habs don't have to feel completely frustrated. They'll have three picks in the second round of the supposedly rich 2013 draft that can be used as trading chips.
You know what's better than having three 2nd rounders?

Having five or six 2nd rounders.

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