Reefer2 wrote:Now the trade between Boston/Dallas is a blockbuster.
Makes everything MG has done look like chump change. Also Boston is not worried about changing the core when needed, again not something MG would ever do.
Yes I understand these deals don't happen a lot and you need 2 teams to tangle, yada yada yada.
Well Boston just traded a $5.7M 60 point guy with an attitude (allegedly) to Dallas and got a $4.2M 70 point guy who has a great reputation.
They also dumped a 3rd/4th line centerman who put up 2 points and was a -10 in the playoffs this year. Tossed in a former 3rd round pick and got 3 prospects in return, two of them being former 1st and 3rd round picks.
Boston also has the added bonus of having some very desirable assets throughout the lineup that were NOT already inked to deals that included NTC's. Even with this trade, the oldest player in their top 9 is Chris Kelly, and he's 32, Paille is 29, everyone else is 27 or younger. This trade does not hurt Boston's future, and when you consider Jagr's age, and Horton's departure, then you realize that Boston's key wingers on the right side are pretty weak. Lucic, Marchand, Paille, and Thronton fill out the left side, only 2 of those guys work in the top 6. They are going to have to re-sign Rask and probably need to add one more top 6 winger, and maybe a depth forward and NHL ready 6/7 guy on the blueline. They have $9M worth of cap space to work with right now, Rask will eat at least $4.5M of that, probably closer to $5.5M. They might just find themselves feeling a bit thin up front next year, even with Eriksson.
Lucic - Krejci - Eriksson
Marchand - Bergeron - _______
Paille - Kelly - _______
Thornton - Campbell - _______
They have Soderberg, Caron, and a few others, that haven't seen much NHL action yet.
That's going to be a tough roster to fill out, and I'm thinking they are hoping that either Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith might be ready for spots. Caron and Morrow are both former 1st round picks, so they should be close to being ready to contribute.
The Bruins did what any smart team in their position would do, the made a small future sacrifice in letting Seguin go, gave up some depth, and got a return that adds to their speed and offense, and perhaps some young players who might be ready to replace the depth they lost, if not now then probably next year, and in the future both Morrow and Smith could potentially push for regular spots on the 2nd and 3rd line.
I WISH we had some of the signed depth that Gillis could have moved out like that, but we don't. Our bottom 6 was fairly undesirable outside of Hansen, and most of them were RFA/UFA.
Gillis bargaining chips were Schneider, Edler, Burrows, Hansen, and Tanev. Edler and Burrows aren't easy bargaining chips any more. So he missed that window of opportunity. He could have made a real splash with Edler and Hansen in a package, something akin to what the Bruins and Stars just did.