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01-08-2013, 05:58 PM
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Location: Thornhill, ON
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Yeah the Mason/Budaj swap wasn't really meant to be the major part of the deal, just thought it would even up the salary swap a bit and maybe provide a backup for Montreal for more than one season.
As I pointed out in the OP, Tim Erixon and potentially John Moore could be included instead of David Savard. The three of them probably all hold similar value, but John Moore's skillset better fits the Blue Jacket's needs going forward with all the puckmovers we have.
I don't see Jenner or Johansen being moved for quite a while though. While I was saying we have too much depth up front and not enough first line talent, I don't see how moving our two biggest forward prospects would be more beneficial than moving prospects from an area of strength who at least in Jenner's case, hold similar value.
And to everybody doubting Savard's potential to be an effective NHL defenseman, he more than held his own in that position last season and currently has more points in the AHL than any Hamilton Bulldog player.....
Montreal doesn't particularly need puckmoving D either, we're kind of overload there. Maybe in the future, but with Beaulieu developing and Subban with the big club its not much of a long-term concern either. When I said that the habs needed an upgrade from Savard, I didn't mean Moore or Erixon. I agree that all have similar value and all three have NHL potential. I just meant that they don't have the kind of potential that would get Montreal to consider moving Pleks. I'm not sure what Columbus would be willing to offer, but as the trade is currently constituted, it wouldn't entice Montreal, especially if we have to take on Mason.
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