No way it's Jones. 4 mil for that long. Has to be the gooch. I really don't want to give up Nisky either. He's very underrated and turned his career around in the burgh. Hopefully Minnesota needs some forward depth (Kennedy, Jeffrey) or a mediocre defensive prospect and a pick.
Just because he doesn't necessarily bring something we can't replace doesn't mean we should be actively shopping him.
He's a consistent top-4 defender that brings experience, composure and solid play at both ends of the ice. That's something you need come playoff time.
I can see why he's expendable with Bortuzzo showing glimpses of his top-4 potential and Despres showing he can play top pairing minutes/assignments, but it's a risky move going in the playoffs.
If Niskanen is moved, I'm really hoping Shero has a plan to have a defender included or getting one somewhere else.
Top-4 defenders aren't exactly easy to find in this league....
Except we do not need a top 4 guy. Play the rookies and get a depth guy for the playoffs/injuries.
Originally Posted by GarrettC
Malkin to the wing, O'Reilly as 2C. Make it happen Ray
If we were gonna do that, we would have done so with Staal.
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