Thursday, July 24, 2008
Oduya May Be Due for a Wheelbarrow Next Year; Corrente VS. Many
Elsewhere: Brent Sutter did a good, long interview with Tom Gulitti, which is available at Fire & Ice. If you heard the FAN 960 show, this is a nice supplement. Holik's role is better explained, we learn that Larry Robinson stepped down of his own volition, he likes Matthew Corrente, and he doesn't prohibit fights in practice. Why did Gulitti ask that? Well, it's because the confident Fedor Federov and Harry Young went toe to toe with each other at the developmental camp today.
When it comes to Corrente, I hinted at it at the end of my last post, but I look forward to seeing him in the show. Maybe not full time this year, perhaps 4 or 5 games. I just hope that the Devils don't rush his developement too fast or delay it too long. Well at least Big Bird is still in the organization and hopefully he will help the Devils make the right decision.
According to EKLUND, NJ is interested.
Pando / Madden / Murray
Parise / Langenbrunner / Murray
Elias / Rolston / Murray
Would cost 2 - 4 million per. Or just about the cost of White...
Following EKS Hockeybuzz site.
The Devs are also pursuing Jay Bouwmeester. He would probably cost 3 - 5 million per. Where could the Devils get a quick 3 million towards such a talent? Hmmmmm Can you say trade White for a third round pick and free up cap space?
Sorry Colin. It's just that I don't feel 100% secure when you are on the ice. He was a perfect 5/6 D man five years ago but just hasn't grown into a shut down guy. Would like to hear that I am wrong though.
One the big turning points for the defense playing as well as they did was when White returned from his eye injury. Before then, it was a nightmare; White brought some much needed stability. He was the only true defensive defensemen on the team then and remains so now. He's not a 5/6 guy and, given how high the market thinks of defensemen, it's even arguable that $3 million is a bargain. I agree with thrawn in that he should bounce back next year, wherein he'll play more than 57 games.
Also, if anyone is likely to be traded for cap space, it'll be Gionta. His hit is $4 million and it expires next season. That's a lot more attractive (and a bigger savings!) than $3 million for this year and the next 3.
Speaking of markets, should the cap go up next year and should the trend continue, Oduya will almost definitely be making more than White - and maybe even Paul Martin. Remember: This is a league where Mike Commodore commanded $3.75
Lastly: Eklund is trash. Only fools listen to them. You might as well pull rumors from the Trade forum on Hockey's Future.