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10-27-2012, 11:53 AM
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I want nothing to do with Pleks because he does not fit into the Oilers core group. Oilers are looking for a young 2nd line centre with superstar potential and a young #1dman. No more #2 dmen because the Oilers have tons of them, Klefbom, J. Schultz, Marincin, Petry, etc...
First, let's not overevaluate Yakupov here...he has enormous scoring potential, has a ton of swagger and showmanship...but remains a small sized, concussed winger, with a big question mark on his attitude. He would be popular in MTL but Bergevin would get blasted for making the trade I propose. I was expecting to take a beating from other Habs' fans for proposing this.
Plek, 30, is always in fantastic shape, and is probably one of the top-5 2nd line centers when you consider what he brings to the table both offensively, defensively, and is probably the best center for 5-on-3 PK.
As for Gorges, any of the other 29 teams would go for him...a solid #2 for a mid-pack team, or #4 on a championship-level roster...but an immediate #1 defensively on the Oiler's roster.
Both Plek and Gorges would contribute significantly to bring that young talented team to the next levels.
The icing on the cake is that Collberg (drafted 33rd) is touted by many as the steal of the last draft, and is probably not a large downgrade from Yakupov. Notably, his ethics. maturity, and attitude are said to be proven, which are the risks in Yakupov's case.
Because the Oilers have so much talent (I consider RNH, Hall and Eberle superior to Yakupov today AND tomorrow), this downgrade (Collberg-Yakupov) would not hurt them, and the PLEK and Gorges additions would bring them important long-term pieces that they are missing for a championship roster mix.
The habs on the other hand would be kissing away the next two seasons in order to build a potential championship roster when the Beaulieus, Tinordis and company become NHL-ready.
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