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Forum: Armchair-GMJun 4 at 9:46
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Sagecoll</b></div><div>lol at least you got the rfa contracts right.

You're really discounting just how terrible the Zaitsev and Marleau contracts are.

What would be the cost of trading Staal and Smith together? (now realize that Staal and Smith are both better than Zaitsev and collectively cost 2mil cheaper...). How much do you think you could get for say Staal AND Smith AND K'andre Miller? or Staal and Smith and Nils Lundkvist....almost nothing?. You'd have to be crazy to take on that contract though...and that's why the trade is crazy.

But don't stop there: We know how much this stuff costs. Bickell and Teravainen got dealt for a 2nd and 3rd. Bickell had a 1 year deal too and was less of a cap % hit Marleau. It's the equivalent of putting up Kapanen + Marleau + (because Turbo was a year younger, and not already at RFA so much cheaper) ... Again...Bickell was 1 year and it took a ton to take him. not sure how you're evaluating this. Zaitsev has 4 left and at least on paper...equal if not worse than Marc Staal.

Please re-evaluate.</div></div>

It's all about the situations the coach puts the player in. Zaitsev was turned into a PK player and forced to focus on a more defensive style game if the Rangers use him correctly they could get him some value back. Staal was good until his eye injury and Smith gained a lot of weight after he resigned with the Rangers, Zaitsev is a good player who has been misused since his second year in the league. Staal and Smith are bad hockey players but Zaitsev could be a decent 2nd pair defenseman
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