Frattin had 7 goals in his first 10 games this year before getting injured when playing with Nazem. Now he's been on shut down line duties and not being able to produce offensively but pairing him up with Nazem again and he seems to be a decent top six winger.
If the leafs roll three lines, our 1st line would be what ever line Kessel is on.
Lupul/JvR - Bozak - Kessel
Then the 2nd line will be what ever line Kadri is on.
MacA - Kadri - Frattin
Then the 3rd line would be the remaining top 9 forwards
Lupul/JvR - Grabovski - Kulemin/Stewart
So yes even though Stewart is much more valuable than Kulie overall, he would be on the 3rd line.
Wouldn't they want to put the second strongest RW/LW combo on Kadri's line:
Trading Stewart right now would be one of the stupidest things a Blues GM could do right now. He's easily been the hottest player as of late and every line hes been on has had a lot of success. He's carrying this team right now.
Right now I dont think Stewart is worth what everyone thinks he is right now. Right now Gunnerson for Stewart right now makes sense right now. Thats just right now though.
That's the part that scares me. It's all basically going to come down to what he wants to get paid. The blues signed Backes in a similar situation, with one year left at RFA, but that was after he had 2 30 goal seasons to go along with his superior defensive play, and at the center position.
That Backes contract pretty much sets the bar on other players on the team, which has helped us sign our other forwards (Oshie, Perron) to pretty fair deals. It's all going to depend on if Stewart will be willing to fall in line with that pay scale or if he's going to want to use the threat of offersheets as leverage against the blues.
If Army can get him signed in line with our other forwards, I think he does. If Stewart is looking for more than that, then he gets moved. If the return doesn't meet Army's standards then we use him for the playoff run and see what happens in the offseason.
Also, I'm not sure what the cap was when Backes signed his deal but the cap dropping will only help the blues case, as I'm sure next year it will be close to what it was back then. We shall see.
Last summer Stewart took a pay cut to stay in St. Louis, so I don't think he is going to be as difficult to deal with as many expect. I expect him to be looking for the deal Backes got ($4.5m), just a question of whether we can get it more in line with Oshie's ($4.175m).
Nah, you're right. A guy who has scored 28 goals multiple times and is on pace for even more than that this year, who sticks up for his teammates and is a good sized player isn't worth someone who is currently playing in the AHL.
What has Gardiner done to be worth equal to Stewart? Stewart is a tough player that even with his horrible season last ear averages over 26 goals per 82 games played. Stewart already has been a 64 point player with 2 28 goal season.
Gardiner is a player that has had a good rookie season but is stuck in the AHL currently when even most Leaf fans say he is 100% recovered from his concussion now.
If that's what you believe, then you're right to not consider moving him (short of overpayment, as you mention). Having seen Stewart's development to this point, I think you have a mercenary on your hands quite frankly. If you lock him up long-term, I firmly believe that he'll settle back to his form from last season, showing only flashes of what he can do. I don't think he's a player that's ever going to bring a consistent, team-first effort to the rink every night of every season.
I hope I'm wrong, I like nothing more than to have good, skilled, team-oriented players playing in the NHL; it makes for a great product. But I'm not certain you have that, that's why I said what I said. If you feel otherwise, which is certainly valid, then by all means hold on to him.
So you're implying that he's only good in contract years? So his first two years must have been contract years? And last year wasn't a contract year? I think you have that backwards actually.