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> Has anyone considered Buffalo?
> Is it not conceivable that new ownership might be VERY
> ready to take back Peca, knowing that the team is lacking
> leadership AND could be sparked by his return??? The
> fans there would love it.... I'm assuming. They were hurt
> by his holdout.>>>
Not a bad idea, only thing is Wang told Peca he
will not be traded. I do not think he wants to come off as someone
who lied to one of his players. Free agents remember these things
when thinking about coming here too.
> If Buffalo has some dough and would take on his salary, I
> can think of a number of players I'd like from that team with
> low salaries, who could help us out immediately.>>>
Now that we got the Wang-Peca promise out of the way there is a lot
more. Buffalo is not going to pay Peca the highest portions of his
contract for the next two plus seasons. At five million dollars for
no offensive contribution Peca could be the biggest bust in the NHL
and no team (much less a small market like Buffalo) would touch him.
His on-ice performance must improve or he has no value at all.
The good news on your idea is the trend these days in the league is
for teams to trade for former players.
> Hell, if they'd really want to get to the nitty-gritty, what about
> a real big good ol'-fashioned blockbuster.....
> Peca, Parrish, Niinimaa, Hamrlik and a 2nd rounder
> Hecht, Brown, Tallinder, Zhitnik, Afinogenov and
> prospect Derek Foy???>>>>
I do not think Buffalo is adding thirteen million dollars worth of
contracts. Not sure why they are entitled to a second round pick but
I am not that familiar with Tallinder or Foy.
As for the rest Zhitnik is over thirty one and would never sign
here long term after this season. Hecht is marginal. Is Afinogenov
another player with concussion problems?
> To be honest, it'd only be a financial question on Buffalo's
> behalf, but they'd have to at least ponder it. They'd be gaining
> about $6 million, but they'd be keeping their top 5 forwards,
> their top 2 prospects, losing no draft picks and would
> arguably be stocking their team with guys that 'could' put them
> on the map with a change of venue - especially since Hamr and
> Niinimaa would obviously be placed in offensive roles which no
> Dman on that club has been able to assume (have you seen
> how Delmore has only 1 assist and 0 goals this season???).
> In addition, Zhitnik and Brown have long been guys who have
> been in the rumor mill.>>>
Frankly, any deal with Buffalo on this level for me starts with
speed and skill. And someone for Yashin, meaning Satan/Pyatt/Dumont
and Jay McKee. I also want to get rid of my old goaltender for one of
their mid-twenties goaltenders because they have three of them. I
would like Milller but know it would have to be Noronen or Biron.
> For us, we'd be getting a lot of the most ineffective players
> off the team while cutting greatly on that salary. Afinogenov
> can fly and seems to be in the boat Kvasha has been in.....
> teasing everyone with his talent. Brown would be a good
> third line center after Scatchard. Hecht COULD be that left-
> shooting guy for the power play - that is actually his style.
> Zhitnik and Tallinder surely couldn't do anything less than
> Hamr and Niinimaa, but come at a lower cost. And this
> kid Foy..... he seems to be a stud and tore things apart in
> I dunno........ just theorizing something big that could actually
> help both teams. Buffalo seems to be one of the few teams
> in the league who could be ready to take on salary! Hard
> to think they wouldn't at least consider such a move!
> Any thoughts?>>>
Not bad, how bout this?
Hamrlik, Kvasha, Martinek to Boston:
Samsanov, Boynton/Girard (the healthy one?) to Isles.
If they are going to go down this season go down with young guns
and speed blazing on the left side (Papineau, Bergenheim, Weinhandl)
and add a real threat with Yashin for the first line. Long term I
think it's time to get some life and emotion and I'm willing to take
Samsanov's baggage for Kvasha's.
Boston get's it defender.