I am completely against this trade, and this immediately caused me to rethink my opinion of Tim Murray. Many of the pieces involved in this trade are easy to get on board with for shipping away. But one piece in particular makes me uneasy about this trade.
I can accept trading away Stafford, as he was going to be gone anyways. The two prospects, even though I have reservations of trading them away, I have no problem with them being involved in the trade. Prospects are never a guarantee to be a success. Using one of our 3, 1st round picks in this trade isn’t the issue either, as these can be viewed as trade chips and not essential, must use draft picks.
My biggest issue with this trade is including Tyler Myers. If I am trading Tyler Myers away, I want him to be a separate trade and not be packaged into one big deal. Tyler could have easily pulled a 1st round pick, a prospect, and an NHL player. Putting him into this trade makes this trade a loss for the Sabres.
Zach Bogosian and Tyler Myers do not cancel each other out in terms of trade value. I think Tyler has more value and is the better overall and potential defensemen. Tyler has the coveted un-trainable size aspect, being 6’8”, and has immense offensive talent, that has been squandered.
I do realize Evander Kane is a great talent that becomes one of our better players. My concern is that he will be similar to Chris Stewart in terms of effort. Stewart didn’t want to play here, because of the known “Tank” atmosphere of the Sabres. Kane comes to a team that lacks the talent and excitement Winnipeg currently has, and will be a cellar dweller for the year at least.
Murray shows he has the guts to make this big of splash, which hopefully will improve the long term outlook for the Sabres. Maybe I’m being too greedy, but I just still don’t have the best feeling about this trade. I wanted Myers to be almost untouchable, barring a huge return of 1st round picks and prospects. I wanted as many 1st round picks for 2015 as possible with the young core of players staying in-tact.
I can promise you this, I will be comparing Myers to Bogosian going forward, and will watching a lot more Winnipeg Jets games than I probably wanted to. Let’s hope my initial feelings about this trade are way off, but one thing is certain about this trade, Murray is in full tank mode.
Oh what’s that Edmonton? Taylor Hall will miss the next 6 weeks? Okay… Hey Tyler Myers, and Drew Stafford, guess what, pack your bags, and cancel your set for Unpucked. You’re going to Winnipeg. We get a player who won’t contribute this year at all. Edmonton shouldn’t have made the first tank move because Buffalo is winning the battle. Things will definitely get interesting now that the first blockbuster trade of 2015 has been completed.
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