Gagne for Matt Walker and a 4th round pick. Looks like #19 is turning Tampa Bay into a contender sooner than anyone expected. Unreal acquisition considering what they gave up.
Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Let us be careful with our word selection here. Better than last year (a lot better)? Yes. Contenders, not so much.
Maybe not a contender yet. However, I do expect them to make the playoffs next year. Top 2 lines are deadly and can matchup with just about any other teams top 2 lines in the entire league. Young core on defense that is only going to get better, and the Dan Ellis signing was a great move (he was great for the Preds in the 07-08 playoffs when they played us).
have a long, long, long way to go thanks to the freak show owners that were making decisions a year or two ago. This is a nice step in the right direction.
Don't trade all those picks, Stevie. Tampa has the leagues worst farm system.
SO the wings couldnt have put together a better package to get Gagne then that? Gagne is a hellofa player and would have been a great addition to a Red Wings team that I think is still lacking at least one key player to make them a cup champ
its more the fact that Gagne makes 5 million, is 30+ and is often injured...definitely not what the Wings want...I thought Gagne was going to LA once they lost out on Kovalchuk. I don't know if the Wings are truely lacking a key player...they added Hossa and lost and won with out him...I for one trust Kenny Holland with anything he does.
Gagne's cap hit is $5.25 million, with his contract expiring next year. The Wings are just $3.75 million below the cap. Who do you drop to make up the difference when you still have three spots left on the roster?
Im fine parting with bertuzzi/cleary to get a guy like gagne
Aside from the return only being Matt freaking Walker and a 4th,
fllop those 4 on the sides around wherever you want, and that is lethal. Can't wait for Caps v Bolts this year.
Good pickup for Tampa.
I don't get the Zherdev deal with Philly, because it basically forced them to move Gagne. The only point during the playoffs when the Flyers looked like they had a pulse is when Gagne came back from injury (when they were down 3-0 to Boston, where he scored the OT winner to get Philly back in it).