Guys......it's Kostitsyn for Boyd. Please tell me 1 reason why Ellis, who probably still feels he can be #1, wouldn't at least check what's out there for him.
So let's rephrase myself. It's Kostitsyn for Boyd AND the chance to sign Ellis ahead of everybody. But I don't see how he'll be interested in already being called the 2nd goalie....nor do I see him making less of what he was doing....Ellis was making 2 M$ last year.
Another thing.....isn't Ellis a "big brother" to Price or is he, again, tough competition for him? I really though everything was put on Price here and that we'd had a secondary goalie coming....Ellis is more than that.
Considering that we had to trade Sergei - the return is better than expected because we got a NHLer. However, in a few years, we are going to wonder why we did this and how we could let Sergei get away for nothing.
Like the Riberio trade, there is very little upside here. (Conversely, this is why I had no problem with the Grabovski for Lang trade - we had a need and a it cost us a prospect for it, or the Lats trade -the teams took on each other's problem and each took on project with upside.) Here we are giving up on a young player who has tremendous offensive potential for a grinder at best.
It puzzles me why our management cannot get along with players who can actually put the puck in the net, a problem we have had for years.
What did you expect for Sergei? No team was going to give a draft pick for him. Its the best return possible imo.
Bottom line is that there is no room for Sergei in the top 6. Now we have the flexibility of filling the spot he left behind with a better fit in the bottom 6. We win the trade if either Boyd or Ellis signs, and we don't really lose it, imo, if they don't.