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02-05-2013, 01:43 PM
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Well you could trade him for the sake of 23 million reasons I suppose.
What is RJ worth? He is worth more than Cyclones thinks he is to be sure. His analysis ranks right up there with the Zherdev dude and his analysis of Tyutin.
However, we have a lot of redundancy, I mean a TON of redundancy with that "I play hard, play pretty good in two of the zones, and if someone gets me the puck close to the goalie I might be able to pull out a garbage goal" kind of guy.
So the question is, are we going to try and continue to run with Brassard and RJ in the top six? At 4.6 million, I really don't want to see him on the 3rd line and, at 25, Brassard really isn't developing into the type of second line player that I was hoping for.
We probably need to figure out how to fill either or both of their roster spots with a creative type of play maker. Not sure how we go about doing that, beyond waiting for Johansen to Atkinson to develop. But if you have Johansen and Atkinson on the top line, you have 4 spots left with AA, Foligno, and Dubinsky. You can probably safely move Brassard or RJ without much of an overall impact.
Not sure what the right move is here, but almost 8 million combined with those two just seems like a waste of money. Probably time to find the right player help out those top six players. I'll look at see what is coming up in FA, but maybe we can find a workable trade.
I get those concerns, but right now moving them seems lateral at best to me. I have no interest in crippling the top-6 (any more than it already is, at any rate) for the sake of draft picks.
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