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OWSH45


MEMBER SINCE   July 19, 2018

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Comment 1 hour ago

Often, you trade for a lesser quality player because he better fits your scheme. Trocheck fits the Jackets.

Comment 12 hours ago

That's who I was thinking of when I wrote about Huberdeau. Thanks, Q.

Comment 14 hours ago

Now, take pity on an old man. Who was it that Montreal got from Florida, a couple years back? Some forward who hasn't quite lived up to expectations.

Comment 15 hours ago

There's a deal, it's merely a question of whether or not Holland is going to shoot himself in the foot by demanding too much and not negotiating. This isn't the "Duchene wants out of Colorado" situation.

Comment 15 hours ago

I disagree. A coach like Torts is exactly what he needs. The Oilers simply sent him out with the instruction, "Dazzle us." Torts teaches. Yes, he demands a lot, but players who listen to him and work to adapt to what he teaches become, at minimum, good overall players.

Comment 15 hours ago

Oops, toss him in with Trocheck and Hoffman, then.

Comment 18 hours ago

Puljujaarvi is an interesting possibility. Personally, I blame the Oilers coaching staff for his lack of development. Where I have concern is that it's been said that Holland wants either a 1st round pick, close to the same spot the Oilers used to acquire him, or a near NHL ready forward. If this is true, he's out of the Jackets' ability to obtain.

Comment 18 hours ago

I'm always leery of acquiring anyone over 30 and doubly so when it comes to Kovulchuck. A lot of people advocated signing him before last season. But he only had about half of a good year, last season, then L.A., which desperately needs scorers, stuck him in the press box this year until buying him out before Montreal, also desperate for offense, took a flyer on him and, as Matt noted, got about 2 good weeks for their money. Let someone else give up assets to add this statistical black hole.

Comment 18 hours ago

I'm always leery of acquiring anyone over 30 and doubly so when it comes to Kovulchuck. A lot of people advocated signing him before last season. But he only had about half of a good year, last season, then L.A., which desperately needs scorers, stuck him in the press box this year until buying him out before Montreal, also desperate for offense, took a flyer on him and, as Matt noted, got about 2 good weeks for their money. Let someone else give up assets to add this statistical black hole.

Comment 18 hours ago

As a short term thing, I like it. Once Wennberg returns, that would allow PLD, Trocheck, Wenny and Nash down the middle and Fligs to move to a wing.

Comment 22 hours ago

Here's my thoughts on each. Whether each is available and, if so, what it would probably take to acquire them. Hoffman - Word is that he's available as Fla has supposedly asked for his 10 team no trade list. If the Jackets aren't on that list, Fla is desperate for defensemen. However, seeing how cheap d-men are going, Florida could demand Z and prospects/picks. Hall - I doubt he's available, except as a UFA. If Arizona doesn't sign him, I would expect a bidding war pricing him out of the Jackets' range. Conner - The last I heard, he's not available. He, briefly, popped up in the rumor mill as potential trade bait to bring in a d-man because of Bouwmeester. That ship has sailed. Ehlers - Keeps popping up in the rumor mill, but hasn't moved. I suspect because the ask is too high. Reasonable offer: Savvy and a mid-level prospect. Landeskog - Not available at any cost. He's Colorado's Laine. Meier - I don't know enough about him for a good analysis. Forsberg - I don't know if he's available. Nashville has been having an up and down season. If he's available, I suspect that it will take a goalie to get him. Is Korpi even value. Larkin - Not available. Detroit is beginning a major rebuild and he's a core player. I think the only way Detroit would agree to a trade is if Elvis and a young d-man is the return. Marchassault/Pacioretty - I'm bundling these two because Vegas has two pending problems, a questionable blueline and a successor for Fleury (age is catching up to him). The catch being that Vegas is hard against the cap, so any deal would have to be dollar in - dollar out. Korpi and a d-man who is not Seth or Z, possibly with minor assets (a conditional pick or middling prospect) could be enough. Huberdeau - Montreal has too many holes to fill. While you have to give to get, Bergevin is just to unpredictable to analyze properly. Olofsson - Someone else I don't know well enough to even guess about. Debrincat - Not available. Chicago is getting younger and will start shedding less productive, older players soon. Konecny - Potentially available, but I don't see Jarmo trading within the division.

Comment 23 hours ago

If we are to acquire an impact forward - a Bread/Hall type - it probably will require sending either Seth or Z the other way. If so, my choice would be to send Z, as Seth is the stronger on defense and, probably, the next team captain.

Comment 18 Feb 2020

That is the question. I have to admit that, while I'm good at defining parameters and explaining why certain players aren't available, figuring out who is available for trade and what it would take to acquire them is my biggest weakness.