I see no point in disturbing this teams chemistry, a guy like Chris Stewart is an obvious choice, but the fact that a team like Colorado gave up on him, despite his great numbers, and a team like St.Louis is now entertaining the possibility, makes me a little wary.
Stewarts have a reputation for being out of shape, and lazy.
Having him though, would make this team easily, the most intimidating team in the NHL.
Only problem is, what happens once Lupul returns? Komarov to the 4th line? That is a waste of his ability, and will only slow down his development.
I'm thinking this team is in more need of a few ahl ready prospects, gotta fill the cupboards back up, keep them on the up, and developing that winning attitude.
I love komarovs play believe me but people were saying the same thing about armstrong. Captain material/best thing since tucker etc. Lets just chill and enjoy him no captain proposals please. Phaneuf is the obvious captain on this team.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
No he was talking about Ryan O'Reilly, not a 1st. line center.
ROR has the upside to be a 1st line center and he's still very much in his controllable years. This isn't equivalent to trading for a guy on a huge contract in his UFA years (i.e Rick Nash).
Perhaps I might have overshot the offer a bit, but realistically, that's the type of deal you have to make to get a premium position these days (#1 C are the most sought after commodity). Gardiner and 1 more peice sound about right, I wouldn't offer Kadri or JVR personally, but that's what it would take. Kulemin is borderline worth a second + 3rd in itself.
Fact is, your not going to get an high upside #1 C prospect in today's market without giving up a lot in return.
The most I'd be willing to give up personally is Gardiner and Frattin, but I don't think Colorado does that. Kadri or JVR would be required to take that deal over the top.
Okay, seriously, some people need to lay off the booze. I like the guy, I think he's been an awesome addition to the team. He hits, he chrips, and occasionally scores. Not to mention he does the hitting a chirping, while keeping his time in the penalty box to a minimum. But he's NOT captain material.
He's basically what Colby Armstrong should've been, and then some. At any rate, he's an ideal 3rd liner, who could step up and do some occasional 2nd line duty when injuries come along.