BigTed3 Posted June 21, 2016 Author Report Share Posted June 21, 2016 1. The Andersen move by Toronto is questionable. He may pan out. But his numbers are not that much better than Bernier's playing for a much better team. He's about the same age as Bernier. And he'll be making more money on a long-term deal despite never having played more than 54 games in a season. In fact, his trade to TO mirrors the deal the Leafs made to acquire Bernier in the first place: a young back-up goalie from a good California team who is highly-touted but largely unproven. It remains to be seen if Andersen is truly a step up and whether he can handle the load as a starter in Toronto or whether most of his success was simply due to the team he played for. 2. On Stamkos, I agree with the sentiment that you simply find a way to make it work. He's a top 10 player in the league and unlike many of those types of players who become UFA's, he's available in his mid-20's, not at the end of his 20's or beginning of his 30's when you can expect you'll be overpaying into years of decline. Stamkos is in his prime now. He is a perfect fit for a team that can't score goals, that has an awful powerplay, and that has many elements that are also in their prime now and can win a Cup this year or next year or in two years. Fitting him under the cap will take work, no doubt, but Bergevin spens all his time complaining that it's too hard to find superstars or make trades. Here's a guy who could fall into our lap and be a star for years without our having to give up any assets. What does Bergevin have to do? He has to present the logical argument that Montreal is the best destination for him. And he has to find a creative way to shed one or two of Plekanec, Desharnais, Emelin, or Markov. A good GM should be able to make that happen. Maybe we have to give up a prospect or pick like Chicago did to deal Bickell. But it would likely be worth it to acquire Stamkos (e.g. if Stamkos says he'll play here for 10M and we need to give up Hudon or Scherbak to be able to unload Emelin and create the cap space, then you make that trade, end of story). And if Stamkos really wants to go to Toronto (the only destination that really gives MB an excuse for not getting SS), then Bergevin needs to be in on Okposo or Eriksson or Ladd or someone else. He's been too passive and non-committal to winning now, and this is really the summer where MB needs to move in order to stop the wasting of the Price/Subban/Pacman years. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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