David Desharnais next contract
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08-19-2012, 03:39 PM
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I don't think we should trade Desharnais right now beyond the cliche that every player is tradeable given the right offer.
With that said, there needs to be a 3rd line center spot ready and open for Galchenyuk at the start of the 2013-2014 season. That means one of two things:
1) One of Desharnais, Plekanec, or Eller gets traded; in this scenario it's important to be awake, and to realize that trade value is often (but not always) maximized at the deadline.
2) One of Desharnais, Plekanec, or Eller gets converted to wing.
I'm of the philosophy that you don't trade away good centre depth, so lets look at option 2.
The best candidate to move to the wing is Eller. I don't agree with moving DD to the wing because you're taking away his best assets. However, Eller is 6'2", good in the corners, can score goals. I know it is nice to have his size at C, but he could also make a great top 6 winger. I actually think he would be great on the same wing as DD, thereby giving Eller the benefit of DD's playmaking and DD the benefit of Eller's size and defensive play.
Eller - DD - Cole
Pac - DD - Eller
Would both be great lines.
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