I think Gaborik is a more likely option, I doubt Sather is going to move one of his biggest signings especially after paying $18 million in signing money in the first 2 years of the contract.
Okay, maybe he'd do an Eberle for Richards, but why would Edmonton?
If any team was going to move Richards, it's New York. Gomez, Drury, Redden all signed huge contracts and were sold off or bought out before their contract expired. I wouldn't say it is totally unrealistic, especially if Richards is playing as bad as their fans say he is.
With the emergence of Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin, in my mind, I feel that Grabo is in the spotlight and under the pressure of losing the 2nd line C position. Grabo's line has not been producing for the past couple of games. Too often, Grabo would just try to stick handle through the middle, or force an errant pass, among many other things. However, he does have 3G and 5P in 10 games this season.
I feel that Nazem Kadri has played tremendously well this season and he is proving that every game by making his teammates look good and displaying a lot of skill, grit and high-level of effort every game. I think he clearly deserves 2nd line C minutes. Granted, grabovski is infamous for slow starts and can potentially pot 50-60P every season, but i think we need more defined roles within our lineup. If we are ready to increase Kadri's minutes, then we have to see a reduction in Grabo's, and vice-versa. That said, Grabo does have value in the market, and his cap-hit is decent relative to other 2nd line centers who produce similar yearly points totals as him.
I can't think of any trade possibilities with grabovski. What do you guys think? What kind of moves do you guys think we should do? In my opinion, we need a 1C, 3C, top 4D and a G to be a playoff team. I love James Reimer and I think he should be starter but we need someone better than Scrivens, and someone who can actually challenge Reimer for the Number 1 position (Luongo?)
John Michael Liles
2013 5th round
To Tor: ???
2013 2nd round pick (or better)
Rielly (in the system)
I know this is a fantasy, but it is still a possibility. Something tells me that Getzlaf and Perry will go together just like Parise and Sutter. Trading Grabovski now has a lot of advantages: Cap space, increased minutes for Kadri, and the possibility of tanking this year (for all you tanknation lovers) and getting a high draft pick.
I doubt MacArthur will get u a second round pick. He disappears and had a fluke year 2 years ago. Maybe a third rounder for him at this point. What does he provide every game? Not much. Over 3 million ? Mistake. I agree though trade him.
Who wants to watch Grabo for another 5 years at 5.5 million? I dont
Who wants to watch Liles for another 5 years at 3.8 million? I dont
Phaneuf makes 6.5 million. 2.5 million too much. U add up all that wasted money and all of a sudden the team cant chase top end free agents.
Do I miss Keith Aulie ? Yes I do. Carter Ashton for Aulie was a horrible trade. I bet Aulie asked to be moved after the debacle moving him up and down. At one point finishing the season on the top pairing with Phaneuf and than being sent down again in the following training camp. Im not saying Aulie is a top 3 guy. Maybe in the 4-6 range, but he is huge with a massive reach and can play tough, can fight.
Agree. Grabo by a mile. I dont like his contract for the amount of games he disappears though. Bozak also disappears or shall I say talent over shadows him constantly rendering him invisible, shut down.
Grabo's been thrust into a role he's never down before as the go-to shutdown center of the team. Yes he hasn't been perfect and yes it has affected his offensive output. That being said, I don't see why with proper development, he can't be our version of Patrice Bergeron-lite. So no - he's not expendable IMO.