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01-22-2013, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
LG today's NN rumors provide a good example...

I'd trade either one of Cole or Gionta (and of course Bourque/Kaberle) in a package for Niederreiter.

I'd even take on Dipietro or Vishnovsky's contract in the process (can't speak for Molson, but of course taking on DP would be with the purpose of amnesty buy-out in the offseason).

So again, not opposed to trading away a vet in a deal for the future, just that said deal needs to be as beneficial as possible.

We're not getting a top-6, even a top-15 pick for Cole or Gionta (unless either of them are absolutely on fire this year, in which case, it would be less likely to move them anyways), and trading either of them for a late first round pick or for a prospect of a lesser pedigree of a kid like Niederreiter would not be worth the loss.

(granted, despite his tough rookie season, I'm still of a high opinion on Niederreiter, viewing his top-10 production in the AHL as a 20 year old as ample evidence that he's still on the path to becoming a quality top-line player in the NHL in 2-3 years.)
Dipietro's contract is like some financial Escher diagram, it just keeps going and going and going. He is STILL owed 8 yr/$36M so taking on this salary to buy him out means the team would basically pay $24M plus the picks/players needed to acquire Nino. That is pretty stiff.

Be interesting to go to negotiations with Meehan after that: "sorry we spent all of the budget to buy out Rick Dipietro. Our new contract offer is dinner for two with Youppi."

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