Jun 4, 2018
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Wow, another weird one. I guess Pitts really need a dman to fill some holes caused by injuries, but Gudbranson? I'm sure they could have traded Pearson to Edmonton for Russel, who is at least more useful and doesn't take as many penalties as Gudbranson (*_* )/`83pms`\( *_*) and a glorious -27 (but who really cares about +/- in our advanced stats age "\(~.~)/"). Don't even ask about his advanced stats. Vancouver gets another overpaid bottom 6 "vet", which I'm sure they're fine with. Speed on the back end (skating and puck movement), a youthful top 6 that is offensively potent, and a bottom 6 full of overpaid "vets" that will probably throw everything at a playoff run when it comes. But an aging roster in Pittsburgh isn't winning anytime soon utilizing Pearson in a bottom 6 role; they have enough players that can slot in there right now. I'm guessing they look at how the Islanders have been winning and realize they need more grit, strength, and size on their back end, simply to get out there against the Isles big 4th line (Martin, Clutterbuck, Cizikas); that is a mean line that isn't well contained in the East style of play. What an awfully weird trade. I voted "fair deal" because I'm just at a loss for words as to how odd this seems. But I'm willing to admit I don't watch either team regularly enough, to be a great judge of each player and how they were fitting a role on their respective teams. Everything tells me Granlund is about 2 Fiala's, at least, in trade value, so something must be missing from my assessment. But then again, being an oilers fan, you kind of get use to justifying these very same types of trades when all your young stars keep disappear, only to "reappear" as a great player on a much better managed team. Minnesota can't be this badly managed as well though, could they? It should be noted that Donato has been killing it for them, so they must feel he's capable of taking the role Granlund was playing, and now they need a solid 3rd line LW/utility type player (PK, PP, jump up in the top6 if need be). Fiala covers that base and is much younger than Granlund, as is Donato. Seems like being anchored by their big vet contracts is making them get crafty and try to build a competitor on the run. They've lost big so far in the Nino for Rask trade, but Rask is slightly cheaper and could still prove valuable in a role, so long as he plays the role well. I'm also not too certain Carolina understands how to value their players, as they've lost many good ones of late and their trades look really bad already.
So ya, fair deal I guess?
Got to give the win to Ottawa here. Stone is in his last year and will be making big money next season for long term. Nobody knows what kind of player he will be in a year or 2 or whatever. If Ottawa wasn't prepared to hand out that contract, then trading is their best option before he walks for nothing. They get a bottom 6/depth player in Lindberg, who they can likely easily resign cheap if they like what they see out of him in that role 9 (dynamic forward that can play wing and center). They get a great young d prospect in Brannstrom; somebody I'm really surprised to see Vegas give up so easily (though I'm sure they will sign Stone for 7+10mil/season or something). And they get a little 2nd rnd pick tacked on next year, which could always turn into another solid role player on a future Ottawa team that has many such players, and more elite prospects. Combine this with the Dzingle and Duchene asset drops/grabs, and they are looking pretty good going into the future, as far as potential goes. Everybody seems to forget that they blew up a team before like this, and turned it around in a decent time period. I expect them to do the same thing here. Maybe in a few years, when Boston is struggling to replace their vets, Toronto is regretting signing certain players and not trading them sooner to keep their prospect pool healthy (going for it all every season is easy way to lose future assets quick), Buffalo is likely to be right there as a top young team, Montreal and Florida are who knows where(?), and Tampa is still probably a power house; Ottawa should be able to start competing around then, and will likely follow a similar path they did with this past core of players and the other core of the players from even longer ago. Say what you will about Ottawa and their treatment of good roster players that want money, they are still really good at drafting, developing, and trading for more picks/players to draft/develop, thus creating a cyclical system in harmony with the ebbs and flows of the Gary Bettman NHL. Some take this valuation of money over a person as a sign that Ottawa's owner must be really long in the Schnauzer (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), but there's another interpretation. If a player deems himself to be exuberantly more valuable than his team (gets 10mil+; worth 2 5-7mil players, even though 1v2 he loses), then he is signaling his intent to make it more difficult for the team to become better, because he wants more money. So who in this scenario is the really long Schnauzer? The owner, trying to keep his team competitive in a dishonest market, or the player, trying to make more money because he doesn't really care about his lowly teammates? There is always a middle ground in these contract negotiations, but if a player deems himself a star, with star like value, then he immediately becomes a problem on teams that can't afford stars.