guess I'm the only one who hates this trade. Addressed two areas that weren't really problems and gave up way too much.
are we even better on ice right now?
Stewart straight up for Ott....don't think I'd do that. I wasn't looking for more 'grit' on offense, I'd like a little more scoring personally. Ryan Callahan would have been nice. Steve Ott? Don't we have like 5 of him already?
Halak for Miller? Posted the other day there's little evidence to suggest Miller is significantly better than Halak -- even Army says he's maybe a 5% upgrade. Ok so slightly better in goal.
Maybe I'd do Halak, Stewart and a 3rd for Miller and Ott. ( But I'd rather of stuck with Halak and dealt Stewart and a 3rd for Callahan. )
But I sure as heck wouldn't throw in 2 first round picks.
I would do Stewart for Ott straight up in a heartbeat. Stewart tends to disappear at times. I don't think Ott will. I was talking with a buddy of mine that's a Sabres fan. He hyped Ott a lot saying we will love him. Also, as mentioned, assuming he plays center, it allows Berglund to move to wing which is probably a better fit for him.
As for Halak, I don't think he was a weakness like some. He did alright and I think we could have won a Cup with him. But, I didn't consider him a strength either. He was a better than average goalie, but fairly run of the mill in comparison to other playoff contenders IMO. I think Miller is one of the top few goalies in the league though. I know his numbers are fairly comparable to Halak's, but that's on a really really bad team that is allowing many more high quality chances. I think his numbers will be noticeably better than Halak's. I don't know if that's 5%, 10%, or what. But, in a long playoff series full of games decided by 1 goal, I think the difference between the two COULD be the difference between moving on and going home.
The fact we did it without dealing any prospects, though, is what makes it a great deal to me. The first rounder and conditional 2nd first rounder are unfortunate, but not the end of the world IMO. Of course, if we don't win this year and don't re-sign either Miller or Ott, it ends up being a failure of a trade. But, I like that our front office is going for it.