To : F Alexandre Burrows, F Maxim Lapierre, 2013 VAN 2nd Round Pick, 2013 VAN 3rd Round Pick
To : F Patrik Berglund, D Jason Garrison, 2013 DET 1st Round Pick
Signing Saku Koivu in the off-season has pushed Berglund down the depth chart to the team's 3C, and Berglund hasn't exactly performed in such a way that he could take the 2nd line spot (29-6-10-16). Meanwhile, Koivu as been very good so far and seems to have chemistry with Stastny this year. The team lacks a top-end winger other than TJ Oshie, while Setoguchi and Comeau have been a disappointment so far in terms of goal-scoring. Even rookie Kuznetsov have out-scored both of them with a better +/- rating and has taken advantage of the 1st line minutes I have given him. Acquiring Alex gives the Red Wings a sure-fire 1st line forward who can play everywhere.
Jason Garrison has been stuck as the 5th defenceman on my team behind Lidstrom/Meszaros/Allen/Daley and I still have Ericsson waiting in the wings who can take the bottom-pairing with Kindl. Jason has been a safe defensive defenceman but IMO moving a 3C and 5th defenceman on my team for a top forward is worth it, especially as we are looking to make the playoffs this year.
With the goal of making the playoffs in mind, I can afford to move my 1st rounder this year, while keeping VAN's 1st. If you look at the standings, I'm currently 14th while Vancouver is 20th. Now this may/will change over the course of the season, but I think that the NW Division is a tougher group and that may bold better for my draft status this off-season.
My 4th line has been a revolving door this season to say the least, and adding Max Lapierre (73 DF) really helps with Reddox (74 DF) and Grier (84 DF). Reddox used to be the 4C with crappy FO, and Max drastically improves the defensive ability of the 4th line because of his 60+ faceoffs. It's better than having Brunnstrom (64 DF) down there who's currently not good enough for the 3rd line offensively, or 4th line defensively.
Right now, my line-up is:
Oshie Stastny Burrows
Comeau Koivu Setoguchi
Nyquist Kuznetsov Hodgson
Reddox Lapierre Grier
Edited by Chimon, 28 May 2012 - 06:21 PM.