Brunet on Aebischer, Niinimaa, Samsonov and Souray...
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12-07-2006, 10:57 AM
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No offense to Mr. Brunet but I think he's full of crap...
Granted, Niinimaa doesn't have much trade value right now, having played himself into the eighth spot on the Habs defensive depth chart. Hopefully he'll see more ice time soon and his stock will rise (he played well last night in Markov's place). He was once a top-2 defenseman in this league and I'm sure Gainey isn't the only GM who is willing to take a chance on him regaining his form.
Aebischer, on the other hand, played a helluva game last night and, although he has struggled through a bit of a slump lately, he had a great start to the season and is still capable of being a #1 goalie in the NHL. Teams are always looking for starting goalies so he will always have reasonable value.
As for Samsonov, let's not forget that he helped the Edmonton Oilers come within one game of winning the Stanley Cup last year. He is a proven veteran and playoff performer and, although he hasn't hit his stride yet in Montreal, there was a bidding was for his services in the off-season and his abilities are undeniable.
That being said, regardless of trade value, I think Niinimaa is the only one who is at risk of being moved. I would love to see him get some powerplay time and gain some confidence, and I'm glad we had him around when Bouillon and Dandenault were hurt. I also think he would be a cheap replacement for Souray should we lose Souray to free agency so maybe Niinimaa won't be going anywhere after all.
Trading Samsonov would be a mistake. Montreal already seems to have a hard enough time attracting free agents so giving up on Samsonov and shipping him away after less then three months would send a terrible message to future free agents and hurt the club's credibility.
Aebischer, is an excellent #1A goalie for the Habs and makes a fantastic tandem with Huet (one of the best in the league). I don't think anyone in the farm system is ready to assume back-up duties in the NHL and it sure is nice having two capable goalies you can count on.
Aebischer; scouts that spoke to Brunet said that there are other goalies like him available. Not a top #1 goalie, but a good goalie.
Samsonov; scouts said he would be more attractive if he was UFA next year. Teams will not want to take his $3.5 millions salary for next year.
Niinimaa; surprinsingly, the scouts said he probably has more value than Samsonov and Aebischer. The fact is; defensemen are often injured and a veteran like him has some value. Plus, he's UFA at the end of the season so you don't have to pay him next year.
I'm not saying that, it's basically what was written in the article.
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