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Forum: Armchair-GMNov. 4, 2023 at 2:57 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>RazWild</b></div><div>I'm not paying a 1st for a 6th/7th Dman, that's absolutely too rich.

Savard was at the time of his last two trades at minimum was a serviceable 2nd pairing option. So a 1st for him is/was entirely justifiable. Chiarot was almost a beneficiary of a small Dman market at the time of his trade so his price was inflated a bit because of that. He's also been playing 2nd pairing minutes since going to Detroit, so one could also argue they paid 2nd pairing Dman prices.

Zadorov, meanwhile, has been a consistent 3rd pairing Dman for several years in Calgary. As well as a current healthy scratch. He's absolutely a improvement for Minnesota's bottom pair, but let's not jump the gun, shall we?
Asking for a 1st for him is a significant stretch in my opinion. I could maybe stomach a 2nd, more or less due to the retention involved. But that's kinda where I would draw the line.

Taking Merrill in this trade is the price paid for keeping both teams cap compliant as well as roster compliant too. Minnesota already has 8 D, given that 2 of them are currently on LTIR, a Dman <strong><em>needs</em></strong> to go out in order to fit Zadorov on the roster anyway.

That part is non-negotiable.

I'm not moving Peart, but O'Rourke is certainly an option if another piece is necessary. Besides, given how good Firstov looks in the KHL right now, the Flames would highly be likely to come out ahead on this trade. A potential top-six talent for a 3rd pairing defenseman is almost criminal. Even if Firstov tops out as only a middle-six guy, that's still a win for Calgary.</div></div>

I think you’re right more or less. The big thing with the Z trade is how much *is* Firstov worth? I assume he’s not coming back to NA unless he’s got an NHL spot so there’s some weird trade leverage.

I do think they are gonna move some prospects this year and it’ll be interesting to see who they move and whether it’s for an impact player or flexibility.
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