Anaheim trading Etem is probably less likely than MTL trading Max, but here goes:
DSP has top-6 potential and brings size and power - I think he can get you 20 goals - and you get a high profile top-6 winger prospect in Etem. If their potential works out, Etem/Gally combo could be deadly for years to come.
With Selanne/Koivu likely gone after this season (or lack of season), Ducks bring in a sure thing to replace those goals.
A big legit top pairing d-man or a big, legit first line center in and around the same age as Pacioretty. The player should also be under contractual control for as long as Pacioretty is and not be an unproven prospect, unless it's a can't miss, blue chipper.
That is the most used quote on these boards and it is quickly getting annoying.
Originally Posted by palindrom
But if he was on another team, would he worth more to this team than what Montreal would be willing to give up for him?
Just for fun, if he wasn't on our team, but on a team like Colombus, how much Montreal would be willing to give up for him?
If Montreal were to move him, it would probably require something outrageous the trading partner would not want to give up. He's developing into a good powerforward with a nose for the net. These players are rare and considering Montreal wants to shake of its ''small and soft'' label, a player like Pacioretty is invaluable to the Canadiens. He's exactly the type of forward the team's been looking for years.
Toronto for example, in my opinion would need to do that:
Rielly+ 2014 1st+ 2nd
Would the Leafs be willing to give up that much? I don't think so. Would Montreal be willing to give their best winger for less? I don't think so either.
Players like Pacioretty don't get moved out of the blue like that usually. Not only that, but the timing of trade him is god awful. Will he score 40 goals next year? Will he have a slump? Will he settle down as a 30-30 player? Montreal would move him out of desperation only. Guys like him would change team either because their contract has expired and they can't reach and agreement or if the team is dissatisfied with their play and decides to trade them. Otherwise there'd be no reason to trade him unless:
1. You get a gross overpayment in return.
2. You get a proven asset of the same value in return. This usually results in a lateral move more than anything.
Are you aware that even if its not the most probable path, there is a not negligible probability that Max Pac just had his best year in career and wont repeat a 30+ goals season again ?
The average age for a NHL forward career peak is 25yo, but there are a number of them who peak at 23yo.
Any of you remember Christopher Higgins at 24yo, while he was for a short time the best NHL goals scorer?
Many Montreal fans labeled him at this time as one of the most unrated player of the league and he was one of our most valuable asset, the kind of player you wanna build a team around for a decade.
Well, he never reached the 20 goals again.
Which is exactly why it'd be stupid to move him now from either perspective. The team Montreal trades him to might give a lot, just so Pacioretty declines into a 20 goals scorer. In that situation, Montreal could run straight to the bank with the pieces given for him.
On the flipside, that team might get a consistent 35-40 goal scorer and Montreal might end up with mediocre players or busts. The future is uncertain for Pacioretty, he hasn't yet proven he can be a 30-35 goal scorer year in and year out, we don't exactly know what we'll get of him.
A player like Plekanec is proven and you know exactly what you'll get from him. 20-30 in a mediocre year, 25-35 in a good year, 30-40 in a great year. He's always between 50-70 pts and good for 20-30 goals. It'd be much easier to move a player like him than Pacioretty who, for all we know, may turn into a 40-40 guy or a 20-20 one.
i dont want to trade MaxPac, i dont want to trade our best players too.
i only want to trade Price.
Why do you even want to trade Price? He's an excellent goalie and viewed as one of the 10 best in the league...or maybe you're the type to believe most goalies are actually equal and they benefit from systems more than from their own talent. In that case I can understand why you'd want to move Price as he'd be easily replaceable. Doubt reality is like that though.
Scoring wingers with size. The guy this thread is about basically...
The habs are not up to the brim with good wingers prospects to begin with. actually, we have almost none that could potentially, eventually, replace patches' production, so nothing short of a ridiculous overpayment would be required. Oel for patches I'd do. Phoenix won't and for good reasons, but it gives you an idea of what he's worth to this team.