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Habs trade Danny Kristo to NYR for Christian Thomas
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07-03-2013, 04:34 AM
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So we trade for a guy who could be part of a package for a trade for another player? Does that make sense at all to you?
I'm not saying Thomas is a bad player, I'm saying we have too many of this kind of player. If we're going to trade away Kristo then trade him for something that we need. And if Kristo isn't enough, then package him with other players/picks.
We have needs that have to be addressed. I would've hoped that we'd have used Kristo as a means of addressing those needs.
I think this deal is pretty straightforward. Kristo being older and closer to UFA and having completely not impressed anyone during his 9 game sin the AHL has no more value than what you just saw, fetching a 40th overall pick who potted 19 goals as a rookie in the AHL.
Throwing a prospect into a package is usually a losing proposition, see McDonagh.
It's actually not true that we have a lot of what Thomas brings. Truth is, Hamilton is kind of starved for offensive players.
I have no problem at all with this move that buys us development time for a prospect with NHL potential.
Our needs for a crease-clearing defenceman and a scorer to replace Ryder could not be addressed by dangling Kristo.
There is the primary UFA market (Clarkson, etc.), secondary UFA market that will develop after all the expensive guys are taken, the waiver wire, as some overpriced guys but with some skill are made available, and of course the trade market, possibly using assets that could have value in the league like Moen, Diaz, Bourque or Gionta, and even Gorges, Plekanec or Markov, depending on the returns.
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