Erat, Hartnell, or Upshall possibly being moved at some point... Any thoughts on DN making a deal to land us a RW?
Obviously Hartnell's the favorite there but I don't think we could afford him (although the article doesn't mention his salary this season). Erat at 1.6, or Upshall for a mil less then that.... any thoughts? Do you guys even think DN will make another move or is he done? D?
Hartnell - $1,750,000
Assets Has improving offensive instincts and upside. Plays with tremendous poise and defensive makeup. Is versatile enough to play any forward position. Loves to crash and bang.
Flaws Must stay healthy in order to enjoy a lengthy career. Has already experienced concussion problems, which could be a factor down the road.
Career potential Power forward.
Erat - $1,600,000
Assets Has a low center of gravity, is surprisingly strong on the puck and in the corners. Has offensive creativity and excellent playmaking skills.
Flaws Must do a better job of playing without the puck and not get caught out of defensive position. Could still add more strength in order to better fight off checks.
Career potential Top six winger.
Assets Is a fiery competitor and backs down from no one. Has solid skating ability and loves to work the corners.
Flaws Needs to add strength to his frame in order to thrive in the pro game. Must show he can back up his trash-talking ways.
Career potential Third line agitator.
I don't know, Upshall doesn't seem to fit the bill and Hartnell and Erat cost more than we can fit without off-loading someone like Matt Cooke. What's funny is that all of them (including Cooke) are left-hand shots, so are we better off just keeping Cooke and seeing if he can rotate into a top-six spot, or seeing if Pyatt or Bulis can do the job, maybe Schultz?
Possibly we could get one of Erat or Hartnell (prefer Hartnell), off-load Cooke and pick up Upshall to replace him, or else give Bouck his job, but it all comes down to what they want in return, at this point, I don't see any of them as being a guaranteed improvement over Cooke which is who we'd likely have to give up. I'll pass.
I've always liked Hartnell too, allot actually. Just not sure if we can afford him, or if he's worth giving up cooke for. I'd like to give the Cooker another chance this season, see if he can step it up and play with nazzy and mo...
Still, we're pretty weak on the right side, it'd just be nice if any of these were right-handed... so I'm on the fence, just read the article and thought I'd toss this out there