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04-01-2013, 05:05 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island/Plattsbu
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IT'S NOT THE SYSTEM. Gaborik has scored 40 goals twice in this system. He's fine defensively, but he's not out there sitting back. Tentative play (shoulder injury), and wrong linemates are the reason here. Unfortunately, outside of Hagelin, no one creates SPACE, which is what Gaborik needs.
Boyle and Clowe? No... That does not improve this team...
You're crazy if you don't think adding a top-4, right-handed defenseman that can quarterback a powerplay (something we haven't had in a decade-plus), doesn't make this team better.
Trading Gaborik for Boyle doesn't make this team a ton better, at least in the long run, I grant you, and trading for Boyle almost ensures that Richards will be bought out this off-season, but it's asinine to say he doesn't make this team better.
Same is said for Clowe. He's been a dud offensively this year compared to years past, but the bottom six needs someone that can provide offensive pressure AND play physical. He's everything none of the guys we have are.
I won't be heartbroken if we trade Gaborik for Boyle, Clowe and maybe a conditional pick that depends on whether or not Clowe re-ups next season. It's not an ideal trade, but it wouldn't be the worst move either.
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