coco_canuck wrote:I wasn't assuming he won't be able to make the transition, but since we're in a window to win the cup, and we do need another legit top 6 forward, he may be our most realistic and valuable trade chip.
I think Schneider is the far better option.
I wonder about Hodgson in the short term but he's shown enough early to make one fairly optimistic about his long term impact. It's quite clear he has the high end offensive ability the team needs, he just needs to get bigger, stronger, faster, etc. We likely wont get equal value until he gets measurable results and if he gets those then we wouldn't trade him anyway.
Schneider on the other hand has basically no future with this club and has about as good a track record as he can get while playing in the back up role.
Gillis should keep Hodgson, let him continue to develop, and move Schneider for a quality forward who can help in the short term.
Agreed about Lappy's game and fit on the team. He played very well in Manny's role in the playoffs and looks even more comfortable and confident so far this year.
I'm also very happy with Higgins' game and he looks to be a mainstay on the 2nd line. Talk about great value getting Higgins and Lapierre for two 3rd round picks and Evan Oberg.
Yup, and the moves at the deadline last year are the only reason I'm not jumping around but what has to be considered a fairly terrible off season by GMMG.
If we can continue to get quality depth for 3rd round picks then who cares. I consider 3rd rounders to be very low value assets and have no problem trading them year after year if it brings back quality depth players. The fact we were able to get serviceable players on cheap contracts for several years is pretty incredible.
There is probably less then a 10% chance you will ever get a player as good as Chris Higens with a 3rd round pick so the fact we get him for essentialy 3 years can only be considered a huge win.