Trade Proposals Thread
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04-09-2013, 09:55 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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Maybe it's just me, but I think it is pretty obvious that Girardi is the player that is least valuable among our top 4 blueliners, and I'd prefer to move him over any of them. He has been this team's most overrated player for a few years now. He's terrible offensively, and his minute eating leads to an overexaggeration of his effectiveness as a defender. He's a good player; he just isn't the all-star/Norris-caliber player some have made him out to be.
Unfortunately, the left/right business makes it tricky. I have a lot of faith in McDonagh, and I could see him adapting to the right side and being just as effective.
Regardless, I'd deal Girardi or Del Zotto over McDonagh or Staal. I just think the latter two are clearly the better players. Staal is one of the best big, tall defensemen in the game today, and those are a rarity.
In terms of value it probably goes McDonagh, Staal, Del Zotto, Girardi, Moore, Stralman. The position of the defenders does make it tricky though. It's like starting a season where your wings in terms of value are Nash (RW) Gaborik (RW) Callahan (RW) Hagelin (LW) Kreider (LW) Pyatt (LW). What winds up happening is Gaborik, Nash and Callahan all get time on the left because there really isn't a top liner quality left wing and playing out of position doesn't really work it only complicates the situation. Fact is it's probably cost us at least a few points in the standings.
Girardi is not a guy I would even think of moving at this point in time. I don't think it's a good idea to experiment with players playing out of position especially on our d. Again if we're moving a defenseman it's either Staal or Del Zotto both of whom would or should get us a better return than Girardi would anyway. What player you can get back also factors into this.
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