Start a package with Callahan and Girardi and get someone legitimate.
This team needs elite talent and it needs it badly.
i like this. those are two nice players, but honestly, they aren't really what i would call building blocks. they both have value for sure and if packaged with a pick, could get us a legit player. the problem then becomes, who replaces girardi on d.
I think the Bruins might take a chance on Higgins. Not sure if he got on well with Julien in Montreal when he was breaking into the league, but Begin + Ryder have come to Boston. Ryder was a linemate with Higgins + Koivu in Montreal.
I'd suggest Marco Sturm who is another "goal scorer" that hasn't been scoring. However he's got a NTC and is signed for next year too at $3.5.
If the idea is to send a message to the current group on the ice--trading Dubinsky wouldn't qualify seeing that he's injured--we'd just be adding another player to a group that's not performing. Anyway he's still young and still has upside.
Personally Lisin is still in the process of becoming whatever the hell he's going to become which is another way of saying he has upside too.
I'd be more interested in trading the following--Drury, Redden and Rozsival because of their contracts--though at least Redden has played fairly well this year. Kotalik and Higgins are tradeable as well. Brashear, Boyle and Voros really doesn't send much of a message IMO. Making 4th liners walk the plank because the 2nd and 3rd liners aren't producing.
Pretty much every single forward on this team is playing themselves into a trade. We were all excited about this team because we were SUPPOSED to have some good depth. Unfortunately Drury, Higgins, Callahan, Avery and Dubsinky, all of whom were capable of scoring 20 goals or more this season, forgot how to play hockey. Remember when we all looked at Dubinsky as a budding top 6 power forward? What happened to that; he hasn't made a cheer-worthy hit or fought since 2008, and he thinks he can undress everyone on the ice. Callahan can barely stickhandle anymore and his strength on the puck is half of what it was last season. Frankly I don't think any team wants Avery or Drury, and there is no way we are getting good value for Dubinsky, Callahan or Higgins, all of whom look like 3rd/4th liners. Guys like Boyle, Brashear and Voros have no value, so including them in a trade is useless because they all have horrible cap hits for their productions anyway.
The only defenseman who I think has a probable chance of being traded (and he isn't playing himself into one unfortunately) is Girardi. Sather isn't trading Staal, MDZ, Sangs or Gilroy, and no team wants Redden because of his salary, Rosy either but he also is playing piss poor hockey on top of that.
Other teams fail because they simply have a bad lineup, but this team fails because nobody plays to their potential aside from a select few.
Me too. But, it really depends what we're trading for. For example, if we're just looking to dump the players, a pick or prospect would be fine. But if we're actually looking to acquire a threat on offense, Higgins has very little value.