Aug. 6, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>josi4norris</b></div><div>Don't get me wrong, it's not a good offer for CBJ, but you only have to go back one season and Tolvanen was out producing Laine. I wouldn't say him and a first alone are necessarily "spare parts", not to mention a 2nd and a close to NHL ready bottom 6 guy. I understand Tolvanen has had a down year, but what if he were to bounce back just like Laine did this year? Again, not saying this even gets close to CBJ accepting (especially with Laine seeming to want to sign long term there), but I wouldn't consider it to be spare parts either. I'm not sure there are many offers out there that would move the needle for CBJ now that they've got a legit star forward that wants to be there.</div></div>
I respect your opinion, however why go to the only season Eli has done a thing in the nhl. Compared to laine who literally had the worst season of what will probably be his entire career. We shouldn’t judge a player at their worst or their best. And a career high 22 points in 40 games isn’t exactly the earth shattering numbers to be considered a needle mover for laine. He’s the same age. (Drafted one year later). I’m sorry but Eli has gone from the best prospect outside of the nhl to a middle six contributor.
To the spare parts thing, I would disagree. Everything has tiers. Laine would be considered a complementary piece in a McDavid trade. So a late first or Eli would be considered complementary pieces in a laine trade. Spare parts, complementary pieces, same difference just one sounds nastier and may have slightly less value.
(Edit, is he scratched right now? )