Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/28/14 at 06:10 PM ET
Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat today...
With the Ryan Miller trade winds swirling, I wanted to get your take on the possibility that the Wild make a trade for him. With Josh Harding battling MS, and with the inconsistent play of Backstrom (when healthy) the Wild cannot expect to lean on Darcy to make the playoffs in the tough West. I would expect the Sabres to demand a Charlie Coyle or Jason Zucker type player with a 1st round pick. This also bodes well for the Wild targeting Vanek in free agency, along with the pieces in place, to have Miller sign long term.
Craig Custance I like the Wild as a destination for Miller, perhaps a close second to St. Louis. Chuck Fletcher has to be careful though, he gave up a lot to get Pominville, so you don't want to get in the habit of losing prospects at every deadline. Especially in the cap era. I'm not giving up Coyle or Zucker for a rental, that's for sure. Maybe if I get a window to negotiate an extension with Miller, but I'm not sure the Sabres will be willing to do that.
Craig, what moves do you see the Ducks making for their playoff run? Is Emerson Etem in play for a trade?
Craig Custance One name I think might be of interest to the Ducks is David Legwand in Nashville. I like the forward depth in Anaheim, but it never hurts to add a veteran center. Plus, it might help keep him away from Chicago, which wouldn't hurt Anaheim. That said, I wouldn't trade Etem for a rental. Not in a million years.
What can the Sabres get for Miller, Ott and Moulson .. also, with solid play, they are close to moving out of the #1 pick, that would be a mistake to win a few meaningless games - or are the top 2 picks comparable?
Craig Custance Moving that trio will add at least another two first round picks and a few more prospects into the mix in Buffalo. I don't think it's a mistake to win a few more games and move out of the last spot. For one, it's a lottery. There's no guarantee that finishing last gets you the first pick. It's better to try and instill a culture of winning with some of those young players. And this draft doesn't have that bonafide No. 1 overall pick. There's debate about who should go No. 1 which means picking second or third wouldn't be the end of the world.
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