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01-22-2011, 04:11 PM
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Drew Stafford and Andrej Sekera

What kind of picks/prospects would you be willing to give up for them. Either seperately or together?

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01-22-2011, 04:20 PM
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What kind of picks/prospects would you be willing to give up for them. Either seperately or together?
I think the Pens would probably give up a second for Stafford without much hesitation and probably even a first...

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I think the Pens would probably give up a second for Stafford without much hesitation and probably even a first...
I think it would definitely have to be a first if it's coming from pittsburgh. Even then i see no reason to trade one of our only consistent scorers for a late first.

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I think it would definitely have to be a first if it's coming from pittsburgh. Even then i see no reason to trade one of our only consistent scorers for a late first.
I don't blame you. The OP asked what kind of picks or prospects those guys would get; those are the picks I think the Pens would give up. I don't know enough about the Sabres prospect depth to offer any specific guys there.

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I think it would definitely have to be a first if it's coming from pittsburgh. Even then i see no reason to trade one of our only consistent scorers for a late first.
Agreed. I'm thinking more along the lines of an upper-level prospect (i.e. Hodgson/Schenn) for both. They're both young, can add to a roster right now, and are IMO a top-6 forward and for Sekera eventually a top-4 defenseman.

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Raymond straight up for Stafford

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Raymond straight up for Stafford
Again, that wouldnt really help the sabres. Only way i can really see stafford leaving after the year he's had is in a package for a top 6 center, maybe jordan stall. Hes a big scoring winger with skill that could play with crosby or malkin, with an affordible cap hit for this year, and still unreached potential.

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Raymond straight up for Stafford
It makes some sense, but I don't think the Sabres would do it. I'm a huge Raymond fan, but I think--and, more importantly, the Sabres front office likely thinks-- Stafford has the higher ceiling, though he is becoming a tad injury prone. i'd definitely consider it, though, especially if Buffalo is going to put Vanek at RW on a full-time basis. Ennis and Raymond could be the top-6 LW's, while Vanek and Pominville man the right side.

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Wheeler straight up for Sekera

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Wheeler straight up for Sekera
I like Wheeler, but we need a center.

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What would be a possible fit for a Staal for Stafford ++ deal?

Gives Crosby that possible top 6 scoring talent and Sabres get to rund a 1A 1B Center tandom of Roy and Staal.

Would a deal of:

Stafford, 1st in 2011, mid tier prospect

Staal

Would that work? Am I overpaying for Staal? Underpaying?

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What would be a possible fit for a Staal for Stafford ++ deal?

Gives Crosby that possible top 6 scoring talent and Sabres get to rund a 1A 1B Center tandom of Roy and Staal.

Would a deal of:

Stafford, 1st in 2011, mid tier prospect

Staal

Would that work? Am I overpaying for Staal? Underpaying?
Overpayment by the Sabres but at the same time the Pens wouldn't accept that deal seeing as if they truly were willing to unload Staal they could presumably acquire a heck of a lot better winger than Stafford. Buffalo should hold onto that pick, Pittsburgh should hold onto Staal.

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What would be a possible fit for a Staal for Stafford ++ deal?

Gives Crosby that possible top 6 scoring talent and Sabres get to rund a 1A 1B Center tandom of Roy and Staal.

Would a deal of:

Stafford, 1st in 2011, mid tier prospect

Staal

Would that work? Am I overpaying for Staal? Underpaying?
I don't think I'll ever be a Jordan Staal fan. ( Had that debate over and over, I don't see it)

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What would be a possible fit for a Staal for Stafford ++ deal?

Gives Crosby that possible top 6 scoring talent and Sabres get to rund a 1A 1B Center tandom of Roy and Staal.

Would a deal of:

Stafford, 1st in 2011, mid tier prospect

Staal

Would that work? Am I overpaying for Staal? Underpaying?
I'd do Stafford + Pysyk for Stall.
Pittsburgh's in a win-now mode so our first rounder doesnt do much for them

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I'd do Stafford + Pysyk for Stall.
Pittsburgh's in a win-now mode so our first rounder doesnt do much for them
Neither does shipping out Staal for Stafford.

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Neither does shipping out Staal for Stafford.
Legit top-6 goal scoring winger on pace for nearly 30 goals despite an injury ridden season at half the cap hit of Stall doesnt help pittsburgh? Crosby needs a player like stafford on his wing , dupuis isnt gonna cut it if you guys meet philly in the playoffs.

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Legit top-6 goal scoring winger on pace for nearly 30 goals despite an injury ridden season at half the cap hit of Stall doesnt help pittsburgh? Crosby needs a player like stafford on his wing , dupuis isnt gonna cut it if you guys meet philly in the playoffs.
On pace for 30 doesn't mean much when he's never score that before. Staal is younger and better at pretty much everything.

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Legit top-6 goal scoring winger on pace for nearly 30 goals despite an injury ridden season at half the cap hit of Stall doesnt help pittsburgh? Crosby needs a player like stafford on his wing , dupuis isnt gonna cut it if you guys meet philly in the playoffs.
Staal has scored 29 goals, outscored Stafford in points in every season so far, and is 3 years younger than Stafford.

I'd love for Stafford to play with Crosby but if the price is Staal then I doubt it ever happens.

Pens could be interested in Sekera too if they trade Goligoski. He would look very good on our bottom pairing and is cheap.

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On pace for 30 doesn't mean much when he's never score that before. Staal is younger and better at pretty much everything.
In 52 more regular season games Stall has 8 more points than Stafford, on a much better team i might add. Stafford comes with a much lower cap hit to give pittsburgh some flexibility. And The offer was Stafford ++ for Stall to make up for the difference. Pittsburgh is strong up the middle and needs a dangerous scoring winger, however everyone has their own opinion.

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Pens won't get better trading Staal, imo. I suppose if they got offered a top line winger then maybe they'd have to think about it a little, but still. He's not the greatest scorer or the prettiest offensive player to watch, but he's so damn effective and valuable to his team that it'd be hard to trade him away. His defense and pk ability are already great. He can score 20+ goals and close to 50 points when healthy and there's probably still some untapped offensive potential in him since he's only 22.

Not sure the Pens could make the greatest offer for Stafford but he does fill a need and I could see them offering good picks and prospects for a guy like him.

Like Pitt's Best #87 #66 said, Sekera's a guy the Pens could look at if they move Gogo along at some point.

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What kind of picks/prospects would you be willing to give up for them. Either seperately or together?
yes, these two are finally coming into their own in their early 20s... and the Sabres are going to trade them for pick/prospects.

Unless you are coming with a top 6 center, a top tier center prospect, or an established goal scorer... don't bother making an offer.

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Legit top-6 goal scoring winger on pace for nearly 30 goals despite an injury ridden season at half the cap hit of Stall doesnt help pittsburgh? Crosby needs a player like stafford on his wing , dupuis isnt gonna cut it if you guys meet philly in the playoffs.
First off, I'm a Sabres fan. Secondly, there's no reason for them to destroy their center depth and a developing strong two-way center for Stafford, who is showing signs but we can't say for sure he is finally putting it together over a consistent basis. The successful teams nowadays are the one that have terrific center depth. Crosby is good enough that it hasn't really hurt them that their wingers are sub par. Plus Stafford is RFA and will be getting a pay raise, so it won't be half the cap hit come next year.

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I'd love to have Sekera on the Caps, and would definitely cough up a 2nd for him. But that's just moi.

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I'd love to have Sekera on the Caps, and would definitely cough up a 2nd for him. But that's just moi.
A 2nd wouldn't be enough from a Sabres POV

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yes, these two are finally coming into their own in their early 20s... and the Sabres are going to trade them for pick/prospects.

Unless you are coming with a top 6 center, a top tier center prospect, or an established goal scorer... don't bother making an offer.
I agree that Sekera and Stafford are improving and maturing, but in my personal opinion I really feel like Sekera will end up like Kalinin. All that talent I just doubt he'll put it all together. and with Myers, Weber, Brennan, Schiestel, Pysyk and McNabb in the pipeline, along with Leopold signed for another two years,I think the Sabres will have enough depth on defense to part with Sekera. Especially if it was as one of the above posters mentioned, for Wheeler. That could make Stafford expendable.

As for Stafford, I believe he is getting better... much better. The Buffalo News last year wrote an article about him and his "band" and I really think he didn't take hockey as seriously as those guys who are really good top line forwards do. I believe he came into this year with a more focused, professional attitude and it's showing in his performance.

But I believe that if the Sabres can get a return of a top-6 center like a Jordan Staal, David Backes, Ryan Kesler, Joe Pavelski, or even Derick Brassard or Paul Stasny. I understand most of these guys are not on the block. And that you might have to overpay for them... But I believe that a big move is needed to make this team into a real contender again. Similar to what was done when the team traded for Briere and Drury. They brought two guys to lead this team and built around them with a few other acquisitions (Dumont, Grier, Numminen, Lydman) along with homegrown talent (Vanek, Afinogenov, Roy, Tallinder, Miller, Pominville).

Personally, if a package of Stafford and draft picks/prospects could net us a guy like Pavelski, or even better, Staal, I'd do it. In my opinion Staal is THE guy the Sabres need. Plays strong along the boards, great defensively, can be 25-30goal 50-60point guy.

I say use Stafford and either deal him and a low level prospect for Backes, or package him with prospects/picks for Staal. While it may seem an overpayment if you end up giving Stafford+2011 1st+ Gerbe or Stafford+2011 2nd+ Luke Adam + T.J. Brennan now, I believe that Staal is a player who will be worth it. But again, just my opinion.

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