You don't trade Jaroslav Halak for a pricey, 33-year old goaltender, you craft him into a trade for a top six Center. That's what we need and ALL that we need.
You really think we need a center more than a wing?
And who would you like to see us go after - that's realistically available without gutting the current roster?
I feel like we need a wing with Perron's hands and skills but Reaves' heart, grit, and drive instead of the crybaby-bitch, mush melon, prima donna act we got from Perron. Of course, there aren't many of those available for a reasonable price atm.
Trivia=Three years ago today, Reaves netted his first NHL goal against the Ducks.
I really think that, if we're going to move Halak, it won't be for another netminder.
I said another center because with exception, we have some pretty small centers - Roy and Sobotka comes to mind and Bergy, who doesn't play to his size. A center with grit who does and can score and setup goals would add depth and having another center or a Center/Wing, considering we're short on that position, would be about the only real position that we should consider filling, if we can do it without blowing up anything.
Would I trade out for a winger? Well, it'd depend. If we agree that Halak = Miller, then we agree that we're talking about a top six player because if we traded for Miller, the expectation is that Miller would be the Starter and Ells would back him up. Under those conditions, we'd have to get back a top six, winger or center, or, unless a pick or two would be necessary to seal it, I simply wouldn't deal.
Halak, to this point this
season, has been really good and has done nothing to consider a trade. It's obvious he is trying to make a statement with his play and I'd rather we benefitted from his stepped-up performance.
If we're seeking an upgrade, based on what's out there, what's avaliable and the team stance that the team is going to stay setup as it is, our guy is Jake Allen.
So no deal.
And no, I would not trade Halak.