Well, I for one do not like this trade. But after giving it some thought
I like it. But, only if we make some other trades.
Kirk Muller is a C/LW. He can play either position. Perhaps putting him
on the Left Wing will allow us to trade for a Center. My thoughts are this:
John Leclair an american born player had a hard time adjusting to the media
that followed you around 24/7 days and has blossomed in Philly.
Mattheau Schneider might be suffering from the same pressure up there. I know
it is a huge stretch but perhaps he too will blossom when he can enjoy the
The Isles have some run and gun players in the minors/juniors in McCabe,
Bertuzzi, Palffy, Marinucci. They had no one on the team to look to for
leadership other then Flatley. But Flats has never won a cup. We now have
a hard worker in Muller who has won a cup and perhaps they can show the
younger guys what hard work is all about. Derek King has learned this and he
is a much better player now. So with a core of hard workers maybe the
youth will learn.
Now for the Other players. We have Thomas, Hogue and Green left to trade.
Green is rumoured off to the Jets, but Im not sure for who. Thomas and Hogue
perhaps can be unloaded for Nieuwendyk. If we can trade for him then this
trade works out. If not, this trade only provides us with leadership and a
work ethic in Muller. Something that can be very important for youth.
We also freed up a lot of cash, and now we can sign Bertuzzi (I hope).
However, Schneider is said to want $2million a year in his next contract,
we wouldn't give it to Thomas, will we give it to a young sporadic
Time will tell I guess. Once again I do not like this trade on the
surface, but if it goes futher and we get someone like Nieuwendyk, then
Im all for it.
Look at the line combo possibilities next year.....
Muller-Nieuwendyk type center-Palffy