Cool, despite my using him as trade bait, I think he's a pretty good guy.
Saw this in the newspaper today, thought it was a good article.
I was about to write something like that too.
Like, I would not like be pissed if we dealt him either -- for fair value, more because a top 3 of like Richards/X, Stepan and Boyle would be OK.
AA and Stepan could grow into a solid 1-2 duo, but I am not sure if its that wise to let them be 1-2 until they have grown into that role. Like we all acknowledge that a "true" 1st line center really would help this team, and you gotta give to get. Though I definitely have no problem keeping him.
But, if we look back at recent deals, I would have traded Anisimov in a deal for Eric Johnson, I would have traded him in a deal for Jeff Carter, I would have traded him in a deal for Brent Burns.
Am I the only here that thinks Arty can be consistent a 1st line player for a few years?
I like this kid a lot. His hands, work ethic, two-way game, his age...
I don't think he has the strength and battle along the boards to be a 1st line center. He gets knocked off the puck quite easily along the boards. He also needs to start finishing more body checks instead of the light pushes he likes to do.
He can be a good 2nd line center. However, right now I like Stepan in that slot if we get Richards.