Discussion in 'Trade Rumors and Free Agent Talk' started by MMC, Sep 16, 2020.
Doesn't sound like it is, but until it's official I guess you never know.
This is savage. Buffalo gets cheaper and better.
Seems like keeping Staal and trading him for picks at the next deadline would have been a pretty easy win. This is so bad for Minnesota.
"Don't worry, MN. We have Victor Rask!"
Who does Guerin think he is fooling with this? He seems to be trying to make Evason partially responsible for the trade, too, saying how much he liked Johansson when he was coaching in WAS.
Emergency podcast tomorrow AM
Minny building their 20/21 tank early
I think GMs around the league are afraid he’d retire
Trading Staal for a pick would’ve accomplished the same thing.
His contract sucks for a team that is rudderless which was my ultimate point.
You're just as wrong now as you were then.
Overall his future is up in the air. But as a player for the Wild it is decidedly not up in the air.
Another interesting aspect to this deal which I haven’t seen discussed much is the fact that not only will Staal being the 2C next year help ease Cozens in to the nhl lineup but it also reunites him with Jeff skinner whom he played with in Carolina for 6 seasons. It was a long time ago yes but skinner played the best hockey of his career (minus his first season in buffalo) with Staal in Carolina.
Stalls value has sure dropped. Looks like Eichel is on his way out.
This deal likely has nothing to do with Eichel, what would ever lead you to that conclusion.
Any word on if Staal is opting for retirement like many assumed?
If we’re rudderless then his contract is meaningless. I’m going to enjoy watching him play hockey for the next 5+ years.
For me, at the end of the day.... it's a very good low key deal for Buffalo. They got the better player, they fill a huge need at center, they opened up a little bit of cap space, they bought more time for cozens/mittelstadt/asplund to develop and compete for NHL ice rather than thrusting them into a role they aren't ready for and last and honestly one of the most important but usually ignored by fans and especially HF'ers, the leadership, veteran presence and possible huge positive effect a guy like staal could have in the locker room and creating a positive atmosphere, it's well noted the atmosphere in the room was a ****show for the past 5+ seasons and it's tough to win when you go out every night knowing the guy next to you isn't gonna play for you or care to do the extra little things it takes to consistently win hockey games, i mean we've all heard the comments, especially O'reillys and scandellas on their ways out of town. It also makes sense considering the Sabres new GM won a cup with and probably knows Staal very well.
A good stopgap move by the Sabres. Staal will help them next season.
Read quite a lot of posts and media, still don’t understand why Minny makes this trade.
Think twice before hiring from the Rutherford GM tree.
Penguins, Jim Rutherford’s GM Tree is Set to Grow Again
Rutherford’s philosophy is easily summed up with his words to Guerin, whom the Minnesota Wild named GM last August, as relayed by Guerin.
“Billy, never try to win a trade. Don’t try to screw the other guy over. Make a fair trade, and you’ll get more deals done,” Guerin said Rutherford told him.
Botterill got the same advice. This is karmic. I think Fitzgerald got out in time.
I think Buffalo got the better end of this by a lot. Better player, lower cap hit
Yeah, this has JR written all over it, and under the circumstances THAT'S a very bad thing!
Guerin obviously didn't try to win this trade.
Whats Johansson's lizard/60 stats look like?
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