Bjustad- Big center but just denied a contract offer and may go the UFA route like Schultz did, kinda scary to get him in a trade
Huberdeau- That skilled/playmaking center that would fill the gap at our center depth position
Gudbranson- Probably the next Shea Weber but bigger and meaner. But at the same time with bieksa, hamuis, garrison locked up,
and Either Edler or Weber being the 4th dman next year, where does he fit?
I'd probably go with Huberdeau just because our team lacks depth at the center position like Gillis stated numerous times since the season ended. Even though getting bigger/meaner with Gudbranson is very tempting..
Um ... If he's the next Shea Weber except bigger AND meaner ... then why are you asking where he fits? I would assume that he would fit right on the #1 pairing while we trade and make room for this talent to blossom.
We are looking to trade a franchise goaltender with HOF potentials who signed a 12 year deal with a NTC right now to move forward with a younger goaltender - I think trading Bieksa, Hamhuis or Garrison (even if they have NTCs) to move forward with a Norris calibre defenseman (if Gudbranson becomes a bigger and meaner version of Weber) would be a lot more easier decision to make and justify than the one we are making right now with Luongo.
Gudbranson is the primary target. Our center depth can be recovered through other trades or UFA acquisitions in the future - but a potentially bigger and meaner version of Shea Weber doesn't come around that often.
Edited by Dasein, 08 July 2012 - 02:34 PM.