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He should get a chance to finish out the year here. What do people expect he'll bring in the last couple of games? Is he a player who'll get a chance to stick out of camp next year or is he going to be a trade throw-in player who never amounts to much?

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On ‎3‎/‎30‎/‎2018 at 8:36 PM, BigTed3 said:

He should get a chance to finish out the year here. What do people expect he'll bring in the last couple of games? Is he a player who'll get a chance to stick out of camp next year or is he going to be a trade throw-in player who never amounts to much?

drafted and traded twice already

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3 hours ago, Regis22 said:

drafted and traded twice already

Lots of players have been traded before they established themselves... Brett Hull, Cam Neely, Jarome Iginla, etc. I don't think for a second that Rychel will be as good as any of those players, but the fact he's been traded doesn't bother me, because that could just mean he was in demand. The fact he went unclaimed on waivers previously bothers me more, because that means people passed on him for free. In any case, I don't see much to lose with Rychel. You play him this year, you give him a shot at training camp, and if he doesn't pan out, he's an AHL veteran for you and he's probably a better option than a Froese or Martinsen or Flynn as a recall.

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9 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

Lots of players have been traded before they established themselves... Brett Hull, Cam Neely, Jarome Iginla, etc. I don't think for a second that Rychel will be as good as any of those players, but the fact he's been traded doesn't bother me, because that could just mean he was in demand. The fact he went unclaimed on waivers previously bothers me more, because that means people passed on him for free. In any case, I don't see much to lose with Rychel. You play him this year, you give him a shot at training camp, and if he doesn't pan out, he's an AHL veteran for you and he's probably a better option than a Froese or Martinsen or Flynn as a recall.

Depends on the context of the trade - Iginla was the core part of his trade for a very good player, Rychel was clearly a throw-in. Passing through waivers and fourth pro-season stuck on the farm team sure sounds like a guy teams have given up on, and usually once teams give up on first round picks to that degree (where you're willing to put them on waivers), there's a reason. Probably at best a depth player at this point, but you never know I suppose: nothing to lose at this point by playing him.

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9 hours ago, Graeme-1 said:

Probably at best a depth player at this point, but you never know I suppose: nothing to lose at this point by playing him.

Thats kind of the way I look at it.  Plekanec for a 2nd was probably fair market value. To get Rychel and Valiev in addition to the second rounder?  All gain, no risk.  Valiev is probably more of a sure thing - he should be a capable #4-6 dman.  Rychel is a real mystery.  112 pts in 161 games in the AHL by the age of 23 should mean decent NHLer but for some reason that hasnt translated to the NHL.  Will it?  Tough to say but becoming more doubtful as the years go by.  

Still, like you said, nothing to lose.  Give him a shot, see what he can do. He certainly wont be the answer to our problems but if he can become a regular thats never a bad thing.  Cant see how he could ever be worse than Froese or similar. 

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