There is a pretty equivalent guy that just popped on to the list. Go for him.
Bathory is NO Touzin, imo.
The checking+hitting difference between the two is palpable. Not to mention I would have 0 chance of retaining Bathory next season with his 81 AVG; whereas, I had a decent chance to hold onto Touzin with his 78 AVG.
At this point I mine as well just sit with my 7M for a few days and see what the FA market has after computer teams cut players anyway. Worst case scenario, I wait 3-4 weeks and Bathory's initial asking price drops 1-2M (it is 5% a week for 12 weeks, right?)
I do have a trade out that I have a sinking feeling will be accepted:
He was asking for LW's in his trade list, and he even gains a year+ of youth in the deal.
My goalie is one of the top 2 in 3.2, but his routing is <25 currently, so stacking my defense even more than it already is seems like a good investment. Not to mention my new 4th line FA LW has scored 6 goals in 6 games (all ES on the 3rd line) while filling in for injuries, so he may not deserve a demotion at this point.
I bet he ends up being terrible, can't get the puck out of his own zone and it teaches us a lesson about devaluing dmen with deking.
Then, in a 5-3 situation, both of the other players are thrown out of the face-off circle and he gets beat on a deke by face-off move (like in NHL '11) and the guy scores on a breakaway to win the finals... in OT.
I want to trade him for a true first liner offensively because I am lacking a true offensive threat. Some players I am thinking about offering him for. I need to know if you guys would offer Hernandez for any of these players.