I like it. The Stars are very deep at left-shot LW and weak at D, it saves more cap and real dollars (approx. $2.5 million this year and next) and it gets them a shake up among the, er, non-producers at forward.
They did what now?! O_o
Fine, Niskanen is essentially dead weight... But really, Neal for Goligoski? I mean sure, he's a good player but... *sigh*
And while we're at it, at the very least I think Niskanen should have warranted a pick if nothing else... As a straight trade Neal for Goligoski it's questionable, but now they're getting an extra on top of that and that ain't right... At the very least, where's my bag of pucks?!
Good Luck with GoGo.... I will miss him. You guys will have a solid PPQB real soon with Alex.
I like James Neal as well from what I remember of him playing for the World Jr's a couple years back, but whats the other dude like? Ovencive, Defencive? Big Hitter?
still can't believe this, Neal is worth more and Pens would have to add if they wanted him. But what does Nieuwy do? We add instead....
I'm praying there is more to the trade that hasen't been announced yet
Niskanen has negative value, that's the reason the Stars couldn't get a pick back. Pittsburgh did us a favor by taking him. Once again goes to show he shouldn't have been offered that generous contract in the summer.
Needless to say this is a massive risk. Neal has a very real chance to be one of the best players this franchise has ever developed. The player we saw for most of this season not at his best is nevertheless very valuable, and if he regains his confidence and rookie form we'll look back on this day with deep regret.
Also, Neal's value isn't as high as HFers think league-wide. He has a reputation for being inconsistent (earned) and picking up points against lesser competition (possibly earned -- haven't run the numbers myself).
Watch Goligoski leave for free agency after next summer. GM Joe is an idiot! He mustn't have realized that Goli is only an RFA for one more year. I mean... did that not play a factor into this trade? He couldn't even get a late pick out of this? The only positive out all this is that we clear more salary for next year.
The more I think about it, this is just a small part of Joe's plan to resign Richards. He's reducing as much salary from those back loaded contracts as possible.
5.25 (Neal & Nisky's total salaries) - 2.75 (Goli) = 2.5 mil. of loose cash for Richie.