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04-23-2013, 03:17 PM
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Given John Moore's potential and success, as well as Stralman's consistency, and with McIlrath coming up, we should move one of our defensemen next year (MDZ, G, or Staal) in order to get another winger for this team that can score.
I'm not sure that Kreider will be ready next year to give us consistent scoring, and I dont want Pyatt/Boyle holding that #9 forward spot.
Since Girardi is a RHD, and the other 3 are LHD (incl McD...though we should NOT move him), it comes down to MDZ or Staal. If it was up to me, I'd move Staal. We can get much more value from him, and I think we haven't seen the best of MDZ yet. I still think DZ will be solid on the PP in next few years, and he'll also be much much cheaper than Staal.
I said it a few weeks ago...Staal for Alex Semin/Evander Kane/Marian Hossa/Thomas Vanek, straight up. Put this winger on a line with Nash. Go.
This is the kind of thing that has historically plagued this team. We trade player X because prospect Y is coming up, or rookie A has had a few good games, and we think they're going to be mainstays on the roster for the rest of their days. It rarely, if ever, works out like that. You trade good / cheap / young players when you have other better / cheaper / younger players pushing them out of the lineup.
I like Moore as much as anyone, but assuming he can absorb minutes that become available after the loss of a DZ or Staal is just poor asset management. If someone wants to offer up a top-nine forward and RH top-4 defender for DZ and Boyle, then I'm listening. However, just swapping a D for a winger is opening up one hole to fill another.
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