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11-21-2012, 12:52 PM
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It's the thought that counts, but it's not enough for Pavelski for me. He's a 30 goal, Selke-caliber, winger-center, on a great contract. Only way he's traded is if the Sharks want to go into a full re-build or if he intimates that he's not interested in re-signing at the trade deadline in 2014.
I agree that the trade would not go down as proposed. There is no way that SJ would be willing to take on more salary. I think it is a good base for a trade as I have tried to propose this several months ago. I just think there needs a couple other pieces to kind of smooth it all out.
To Call Pavelski a 30 goal scorer is a bit disingenuous as has only scored above 25 goals once in his 6 years in the NHL. He has hit 25 or above 3 times. He is aboslutely a 25 goal 60pt two way forward. However Grabner and Nielsen are both 40pt forwards that play a good two way game as well. When you call Pavelski a "Selke-caliber" player dont forget that Nielsen is also a Selke Nominated and caliber player, he just doesnt have the offensive upside that Pavelski has. Both Nielsen and Grabner are on great team friendly contracts.
Many have written off that grabner since he had a not as stat driven impressive second season. He suffered through an early groin pull and was slow to adjust to the teams that discovered how to nutralize some of his blazing speed. However towards the end of the season he was starting to come around. He did this while still potting 20 goals and playing an excellent PK, and away from the puck play.
The Main reason for the Islanders can make this deal is the system is starting to bust at the seams with quality prospects, not all of whom will have shots a roster spots. NOw is the time to make a coulpe of deals to get this team the quality Vet leadership to bring this team back into contention.
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