Jul. 3, 2020
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SNipeSHowInc</b></div><div>Leafs decline, Rossi doesn’t look to be the most promising anymore, I don’t think he adds a ton of value to this package (similar to how Robertson wouldn’t for the Leafs.). No need for Fleury, Foligno as a 3rd line winger brings physicality, but that’s available on the open market. Basically comes down to a First and second for a retained Nylander. Rather have Nylander</div></div>
I think people judge Rossi too much based on the 21 games he has played in the NHL, in a bottom-six role. He has produced at every level, from the juniors (over 2 PPG) to the AHL (a point-per-game) to the international stage (point-per-game in this year's WC, carrying a weak Austrian squad). And he has been sound defensively in the NHL, as well.
All he needs, in my opinion, is a strong summer and an opportunity to prove himself. The guy is just 21, he oozes skill and is determined. The offensive breakthrough will come. That's why I wouldn't trade him, especially when his stock has taken a hit.
A few problems with the Konecny deal:
1) Rossi, Faber, and a pick is way too much to ask. Under no circumstances does the Wild entertain the idea of that deal.
2) Konecny makes 5,5 million a year, way too much for Minnesota to handle with our cap situation. Trading two cheap assets in Rossi+Faber just highlights this problem.
3) Does Konecny really fit a crucial need for the Wild? Sure, he'd be helpful, but he is a winger. Our greatest needs are at center and at defense with Dumba leaving. Guess who fill those spots for cheap? That's right, Rossi and Faber.
In a nutshell, what you have here is the Wild trading from two positions of need, two cheap, young players for Konecny that doesn't really fill a crucial need and the Wild cannot afford.