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06-27-2014, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Iron Duke View Post
Don't think we really fleeced anybody. Neal's production is going to decline away from Crosby/Malkin, and I would expect Hornqvist's to go up. Neal is a more talented finisher, but he's still not a guy that creates a lot of offense on his own, or necessarily makes the players around him better. A lot will hinge upon Wilson not crapping the bed this season or else us getting a real top 6 center to play with Neal.

I also don't relish having to root for a guy that has thrown the kind of cheapshots he has over the past few seasons, let alone giving up one of our best character guys in return.
Everyone always says this but that isn't always the case. We upgraded and Neal has a wicked shot. He's going to blow pucks by goalies and he'll be a consistent 30 goal scorer IMO. Neal is going to get a ton of time on the PP he will get his goals. Fleeced might be the wrong word but we won this trade no doubt.

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