Amazing deal. And we kept our pick. Spaling is easily replaced. And Hornqvist while he was great for is, we know he didn't create much on his own. I can see bourque being the guy who goes in front of the net now.
This is awesome. So so awesome. Neal has one of the best shots in the game. Pure scorer. Wow
Wow. Big fan of this move. Agree with OP- horny is not a top 6 forward although he is a great guy and has a terrific unique skill set. It's a good trade for both teams as the pens need to morph but horny on a wing for Crosby or malkin doesn't seem....obvious.
Don't think we really fleeced anybody. Neal's production is going to decline away from Crosby/Malkin, and I would expect Hornqvist's to go up. Neal is a more talented finisher, but he's still not a guy that creates a lot of offense on his own, or necessarily makes the players around him better. A lot will hinge upon Wilson not crapping the bed this season or else us getting a real top 6 center to play with Neal.
I also don't relish having to root for a guy that has thrown the kind of cheapshots he has over the past few seasons, let alone giving up one of our best character guys in return.
Neal needs a playmaking center. He isn't going to create many plays but he can finish them with the best of them. He is kind of a hot head. He mostly isn't dirty but occasionally he will lose it and do something really embarrassing and dirty our there.