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10-25-2013, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by duul View Post
Posted this on the main board. Costs us a ton but I'd say makes us a way better team overall. A playoff team, at least.

Hall
Eberle
Petry
1st rounder 2014 (probably top 5)

for

Keith
Bickell
Saad
Rantaa/Whitney

Perron-RNH-Yakupov
Bickell-Gagner-Hemsky
Joensuu-Gordon-Saad
Gazdic-Arcobello-Eager

Keith-J.Schultz
Ference-Belov
Smid-Larsen
N.Schultz

Dubnyk
Labarbera/Raanta

Our top 9 is still outstanding and actually more balanced to play a playoff/gritty game. Our defence improves immensely with the addition of one of the best D in the game. Adding Keith is what turns us from a bottom feeder to a playoff team IMO. Not to mention we get a great goaltending prospect in Raanta.
- So you take our best player, and 1st line LW, and replace him with Bickell. A 2nd line LW.
- Then you take our 2nd best player and top line RW and replace him with Saad, who you put on the 3rd line.
- You make up for those two major downgrades by taking our best defenseman off the top pair and replacing him with Keith, also on the top pairing.
- Then, after taking two steps back to take one forward, you top it all off by giving up a 1st round pick (which you expect will be in the top 5) for a guy who you apparently can't decide whether or not he's better than our current backup goaltender.

Keith would have to be the 2nd coming of Bobby Orr for that to be an improvement.

The deal might make us bigger (it adds 3' and 59lbs not including the goalie), but I fail to see how it makes us better.

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