Thread: Injury Report: Alexei Emelin out 6 months
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05-22-2013, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Habs View Post
I haven't see the FA list for this year to see if there is any possible help on the horizon if he choses that route. With the cap going down, I'm not sure how much room we even have left after the Gomez contract is gone?
The cap might be a tight squeeze but regardless, it's highly unlikely a move isn't made in some way to replace Emelin.

Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
Why would anyone want to trade Diaz?? Yes, we can get really good trade value for him - that's because he has really good value, period. Stop fixating on the rusty version of Diaz we saw after coming back from a long injury. This is a very solid top-four D who skates, moves the puck, has a great shot and can play both PP and PK roles. He and Emelin made major leaps last season and were big reasons why the Habs had such a great start. We need a heavyweight upgrade for Bouillon - who played well but is a diminishing return - and we need a more-confident Tinordi. Gorges gets a takeover for a weak year, but his game needs to pick up.
I like Diaz. I agree with your evaluation but he is simply an asset we can afford to move. Remove Diaz, and we have plenty of PMD (two of which are above him in the depth chart already) and in return we can upgrade our Dcore by gaining a quality physical Dman and diversifying our Dcore. Diaz is an asset, but IMO I think his value is better served by flipping him for a need than keeping him and sitting on a surplus of small, offensive Dmen. Diaz would fit well on other teams that can insulate him properly to maximize his effectiveness. On Montreal, he'd be asked to do too much without a proper kind of partner that he would need.

As for Boullion, he's the 7D. Obviously we'd like to upgrade him, but we can't trade Boullion, Weber,etc and expect a quality Dman coming back. We should trade Diaz because it will better the club as a whole, especially if the Dman we get back sticks when Emelin returns, bumping Boullion to the press box. Tinordi, as I've said, will be fine on the 3rd pairing. Gorges should bounce back, I doubt he's as bad as he was this year.

We'd have 4 physical Dmen (Subban, Tinordi, Emelin, New guy)
1 "neutral" Dman (Gorges)
1 non-physical Dman (Markov)

The thing about defence is that we can only dress 6 guys. We can't afford to use a spot on Diaz when we're soft already. Other teams have that luxury.

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