tim1_2 wrote:Self-explanatory. And I'm not concerned with the return. Either you think Ottawa should take what they can get for JGP, or they should hold onto him.
I know we have emotional attachment to him. He works his arse off, he’s scored a ton of clutch goals for us (i.e. that 4 goal game in the playoffs vs the Rangers), and he’s been around for a long time. He’s likely a good role model for the younger players. That said, I think we should trade him. He’s never going to have as much trade value as he does right now. There’s always the potential of resigning him in the summer, but I’d take my chances and trade him sooner rather than later. Whether it’s a late first rounder or some combo of prospects and picks, I’d take what we can get. There’s plenty of teams with playoff dreams that should be lining up for him….
I 100% think it depends on the return. Hall just set the market. Pageau is worth at least half of what Hall is worth IMO based on the fact that he's:
- 2nd in the league in plus-minus on the third worst team in the league
- He can play against any team's top-line and shut them down
- He can play PP and PK
- He can play up and down the lineup
- His cap hit is so low that he can fit in with virtually any team looking to add
- He can be re-signed for relatively cheap ($4-5M); likely wants term over money
I think the factors above drive him to at least a 1st and a prospect.
As for the reasons for keeping him, I'd be more inclined to re-sign Boro from a leadership perspective even if Boro is retained as a 7th dman. I do think vet leadership is important but we have Tkachuk who exemplifies this. Let a young team be young and make mistakes.