RWJC Posted February 6 Share Posted February 6 (edited) Thoughts?: MTL acquires Garland + Rathbone VAN acquires Hoffman + Xhekaj Hoffman @ 4.5 for one more season Xhekaj @ 0.828 for one more season why does this deal transpire?: Hoffman can fill a void on wing for next season (depending on whom else we trade out - eg. Boeser and/or Pearson) and let him walk as UFA at end. MTL is looking to dump him. Xhekaj becomes our new Bieksa. Apparently Gorton isn’t fond of Xhekaj’s style of play, even though he’s a fan fave. We do pick up another LHD, but one who is a tough SOB, young, will stand up for his teammates (like Schenn) and has good potential to be a long term fit on the blue line. Considering we have an abundance of similar middle pack D, let’s clear it out and add in the pieces we need for the future instead of stop gap players. I have a feeling this trade would end up serving MTL really well in the future, and us in the short term as an opp to move out surplus and with a decent enough return to consider it fair value, especially when other GMs know we are still over the barrel a bit when it comes to untangling our cap mess. Edited February 6 by RWJC Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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