Trade Rumour Thread I: Post-Lockout Madness
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01-28-2013, 11:20 AM
DROP THE PUCK
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I sure wouldn't
You have maybe a half dozen wingers in the NHL with Gaborik's ability. You don't trade that even for a first overall pick, if your team is in a win-now mode.
There was a rumor about the Kings offering Brown+ for Gaborik a while back. That was about the only one that interested me and I highly doubt the offer is still on the table now.
Being in a "win-now" mode doesn't mean you should also shove young up-and coming players out the door, because 30+ year old players no matter how good, with injury histories, still has one year left on his contract.
Gaborik has elite talent. Yes. No question. And when motivated he's an elite player.
But review the list of players that need new contracts, and take into account the cap is dropping significantly.
Come June they need to decide if they want to restock the system a little and also maybe get a good roster player in the process, or keep Gaborik and risk losing someone else on the roster.
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