Are you kidding me?!?! Good thing you're not a GM.
Leino is a winger, who never played center in his career. Leino was not traded due to cap issues. Detroit was not impressed with his play, and wanted to trade him asap for nothing.
Leino has yet to prove anything in his own end. Although Leino put up some numbers in the final rounds of the playoffs, no one can dispute the fact he had "luck" on his side. Several of his goals and assists were from lucky bounces.
Halak is worth much much much more than Leino.
Halak was among the top 5 Goalies this year.
That has to be one of the most ridiculous things i've read on these boards, and also contrary to what Holland said. Good luck finding a quote stating "We wanted to trade him for nothing asap". He was a cap casualty, discussed into oblivion on the Detroit boards. However, it is true he didn't fit totally into their system, they were trying to get him to adopt a playstyle like Franzen (recent quotes from Leino/Babcock confirm this)
As for Carter, I still think its unlikely Homer will trade him. If they do, Halak would be a much better acquisition i'd think than Quick. Also, the fourth period suggesting they would trade him for Horton is amusing.
Carter is an overated centerman because of his size. He isn't even that good at face-off. He's got a great wrist shot and some speed. But he isn't someone that can deke around the defense and score ala Mario Lemieux. He's not a great passer. He isn't really a physical player. I'd call him a bigger version of Michael Ryder who gets physical when he can get away with it. He isn't a player that plays on fire, he has the temperment of a Ryder, almost half alseep, lacking intensity.
Carter is a shoot first player, and that's the way he should be. To say he isn't a good passer is incorrect (he makes some pretty slick ones on occasion), but skating around looking for opportunities for other people to get their shot off isn't really the most effective way for him to play the game.
Can't deke? Has no "intensity"? Skip to the 24 second mark. I don't care if he looks fired up on the bench, that is what this guy was doing with two broken feet.
Originally Posted by Smoke Monster
People here are putting too much hope on this one player. I don't think Carter alone will make a huge difference to this team. He needs play makers to be useful.And you can bet when his contract expires he's getting a huge salary increase because of all the hype surrounding him; probably in the 7million dollar range - not worth it.
We'd be stupid to trade a combination of Price, Plekanec, or Gorges for him.
He needs big strong muckers and Kunble-types to be useful.
Originally Posted by pam19
Totally overhyped Jordan Staal.
He still needs to get 50 points.
Year after year, I keep repeating Staal is overhype.
Year after year, I keep reading these posts about him being treated like he is a top-20 forward.
In fact he is a top-60 forward. A good second line center on a bottom tier team.
Year after year? The guy is 21 and wasn't particularly hyped until a year or so ago.
Also, a top 60 forward would mean he is one of the two or three best forwards on most teams in the league. If you meant top 60 center...that makes more sense.
Originally Posted by Fish on The Sand
Carter can't create. He's all about goal scoring and nothing else. He's a good guy to have, but if you build an offence around him you'll be like Columbus and how they have ruined their franchise by building around Nash.
If you think Rick Nash is the issue in Columbus you're bananas.
Also, Carter creates plenty. It's just primarily for himself. He doesn't need a set-up man (though obviously it wouldn't hurt), just two big ass wingers to crash the net and dig pucks out of corners.
They would have made it to the conference finals. He was a non-issue other than that one goal.
You're joking right?
The guy was our top scorer, played a ton of minutes, PP, PK and everything and we made the playoffs by 1-2 points, take him out of the equation and there are no playoffs let alone playoff run. He also played a key part in the playoffs shutting down the opposition big guns and on PK while contributing offensively.