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12-21-2013, 06:33 PM
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The thing about lumping these 2 guys together is outside of them both being to some degree "power forwards" they're really not similar players. Hartnell is an OK offensive player who doesn't skate well (obviously), who's on the wrong side of 30. Simmonds is much more of a "dirty goal" type of scorer, but he's a much better skater and also provides legitimate toughness in your forward group. He's also a much younger player whose better years may be ahead of him. They also have vastly different trade value if you were to move one of them. So when people say "trade one of Simmonds/Hartnell" you're not saying much. If you trade Hartnell you're just looking to move his contract and clear a spot in your top-9, because if you find somebody to take that contract you're not getting anything substantial on top of it. Whereas if you decide to move Simmonds you're talking about getting a legitimate piece in return; we've seen proposals of Simmonds + for Edler for example.

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