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01-27-2013, 11:24 AM
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Wild GM Fletcher likes to make 1-for-1 trades much of the time, especially when salary is close. See Havlat for Heatley, Schultz for Gilbert, etc.
Looking at Pittsburgh's defense, the obvious name is Niskanen. Russo mentions Despres and it looks like there was a rumor Despres could be on the move.
Could a Pens fan give a bit of a scouting report on both players?
Here's mine on Seto:
Great shot and fast north-south speed. Below average hands and offensive instincts. When fed passes, can bury the puck, but does not create his own scoring chances. Scored quite a bit with Thornton so would probably do great with Crosby or Malkin. Has been playing a more physical "grinder" type game this year so can move up or down the lineup.
Now, my reservations would be:
- Wild have a lot of young defensemen with questionable upside. Falk, Prosser, and Scandella. We would likely have to waive or trade one of them.
- Wild are at 50 contracts now, so can't take on additional NHL players.
- Pens are close to the cap, so Niskanen would make more sense than Despres from that standpoint.
When Shero has traded defensemen in the past it has been for the asset everyone knows he wants (Kunitz and Neal) and a secondary piece (Tangradi and Niskanen). If he were to do Niskanen for Seto I wouldn't be surprised to see one of your young defensemen with questionable upside included.
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