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03-28-2013, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
What's your suggestion?
First of all, if it takes more than Eller alone to get you Clowe, you hang up the phone. Giving up Eller plus for a struggling 30 year old who might not resign with this team, and even if he did, would be making more than Eller will next year. Eller is better than every part of the game right now than Clowe except fighting; both are essentially 3rd liners at this point but only one has the upside to be more than that. The difference between Dumont and Eller is not a mediocre draft pick.

Hypothetically speaking, if we were to make a deal like that, why not Leblanc over Eller? Eller is bigger and more physical than Leblanc (which I thought was something we need more of, not less), Eller is more important to the team right now, and the age difference isn't that dramatic. Both project as high end 3rd liners with top 6 upside. If Leblanc alone can't get us Clowe I'd be wary.

You claim the intent is to win now but you propose sacrificing one of our strengths - center depth - for a player who, was at one point a good hockey player and very likely still can be, but is in the middle of a nightmare season where his most notable action was getting himself suspended.

Clowe could bounce back. Or like Gomez, he could just end up getting worse. Since Clowe is a gamble to begin with, we should pay for him in gambles - Holland, Bennett, our own 2nd.

Of course, you already know all this.

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