what's the deal on fernandez and bergeron? are both healthy and ready to go in october?
what about a guy like alberts? granted, he's a smaller cap hit, but if they move him and send rask down to the minors for another year they'll be ok too. Or Alberts might make a team think Murray or Fernandez for a season is worth the risk of a pick....
Bergeron is absolutely healthy and ready to go, Fernandez too. Alberts could definitely be a guy they'd move. Right now they have Ferrence and Alberts on the bottom pair, with Hnidy as the 7th. Matt Lashoff is probably ready to make the move to the NHL, which would make one of Ferrence or Alberts expendable. Personally, I'd rather move Ferrence because he makes more and I'm not a fan of his game.
I don't see Fernandez being moved as 1) there's no market for him and 2) I don't think Rask is ready to be the starter in the NHL, and I'd rather have him playing every night in Providence than sitting in Boston.
Just a guess, but something like a 4th round pick. I would definitely do it, but I think the front office might be a little hesitant because they may not think Lashoff is ready. I feel they should go ahead and bring him up full time.
Cheap backup? The B's tried that with Auld - he was decent at the beginning, but got less and less reliable as the season went on. There are few backups (probably none) that can play as a #1b. Fernandez plays that role perfectly. If he's healthy, he can push Thomas harder than any generic backup can.
Chia has been trying to trade him for a long time. There have been no takers. And why would his rep take a hit if he's sent to the minors? Isn't that what many teams do to a guy that can no longer play like a top 12 forward? Can't sign good contracts? He didn't sign Murray - O'Connell did. Get your facts straight, wannabe GM.
And O'Connell signed Fernandez? Your 'perfect' back-up who happens to make 3 times your starter?
Wannbe GM... I was stating my opinion.
Isn't that what many teams do to a guy that can no longer play like a top 12 forward?
What were the last 5 players sent to the minors who made more than 4.5 million? Or, even easier for you, 3 million. Can you name them? I wonder how far back you actually have to go? 2 years? 3?
I assume your GMing rep would take a hit if you also give up a decent prospect or pick with Murray for a 6th rounder.
I'd love to deal Murray, but if the cost is a 2nd or 3rd round pick or a prospect like Hunwick or Marchand, then I'd rather keep him and trade any combo of Schaefer/Axelsson/Alberts/Ferrence. Murray's deal is up at the end of the year. The loss of a good young prospect for 10 years isn't worth it.
That's fair enough, if you can do that and Murray has a decent first half you might be able to rangle something out of him in a trade.