Mar 7, 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Tkachinla</b></div><div>Atkinson is still the 1RW by a mile in CLB...
Though the rest of the comment stands. I know it's a high price, but I could see Treliving starting around this package and sliding it down. Like CLB fans, I'm really impressed with Texier's game and development. I don't see him getting to the 90+ points level (ie. elite), but who knows. If the package was Texier + Bjorkstrand + 2nd, I think Jarmo would really have to think about that deal for Gaudreau, even with the risk of walking to UFA in 2 years. Part of the thinking is that Gaudreau still holds big value at two trade deadlines before his contract expires, so if the fit isn't there with Dubois OR if Gaudreau told management he didn't intend to extend, they could flip him for picks/prospects and recoup a decent chunk of the price paid to get him.</div></div>
Torts has already said his top line as the roster stands is Texier - Dubois - Bjorkstrand. And Bjorkstrand easily outproduced Atkinson this year, playing at a 35-goal pace over a full 82 games. I've heard from people who would know that the front office is utterly in love with Texier, too, so I just have a hard time seeing them going for this deal.