The Michalek trade is definitely one sided at this point in time. We got two UFA at the end of the year. Westrum and Wood. The Coyotes got a legit NHL playing defenseman. Good job DR on getting us two UFAs for a young, solid defenseman. While I don't disagree because Michalek needed a new home, I just regret on an NHL level that this trade is extremely one sided. Now the AHL, it works out better but yeah AHL.
Another one is not signing Brust. I hammered this point. We didn't have a lot of depth. I don't know why Brust didn't sign but we should have made a stronger push to retain him.
He is playing in the AHL now and in 15 games has a 2.61 GAA and a 0.917 SV%...
I've been high on Z and not on Foster since the start, so not much changed...Brust, I could care less about. The depth would be nice, but he probably was due a 1.5% raise....unacceptable!
The Z trade was stupid, even on paper. Must have been something going on behind the scenes or else he was drunk. Westy can score all he wants in the AHL and Shooter can pump him like his daddy, but young, quality blueliners are simply worth more than overaged tweeners.
first of all, I think you may be short-changing Dustin Wood.
and secondly, wasn't the Michalek for Westrum/Wood trade accomplished before the new CBA? I think that Westrum would have had a few chances up in MN this season if not for the new restrictions on player movement. If he'd been called up a few times and performed well, would you still consider it a one sided trade? I don't think the Wild or any other team could have foreseen what the new deal would bring or the impact it would have.
If he'd been called up a few times and performed well, would you still consider it a one sided trade?
Those are big ifs. He would have to be playing regular minutes on, at least the 3rd line and not just chipping in, but making a decent to strong contribution IMO. Defensemen are so valuable, especially young and solid ones. When you find them, you don't trade them, especially for "hometown" boys that haven't done much at the NHL level.