Originally Posted by JD_May
Okay leafs homer. If you weren't from TO I could take your perspective seriously, but... no.
From an actual unbiased perspective, the Ducks won this deal. They did not want Giguere. The Ducks have already settled on Hiller as their starter. This deal relieves them of a headache in exchange for a cheaper but still serviceable backup tender, and gets them a fast guy who can put the puck in the net (I would think he would end up with Bobby Ryan and Koivu).
The question of who won the Phaneuf deal, meanwhile, is still open, and depends on whether or not he becomes a top 5 NHL d-man in the next few years. Also on how well Calgary does down the stretch this year.
NYR, what are you talking about, big contract? The guy has a cap hit of 4 million. Not exactly heavy for someone who can play on a top line if he actually has anyone to play with. Look at what you pay Michael Roszival, for Christ's sakes.
dude it's not just me look at what other people are saying:
" Great deal. Fantastic deal. A perfect deal. Forget about whether this trade works for the Ducks or not. From the Leafs perspective, it's a masterpiece.
The Leafs improved their weakest position and their cap situation in one deal. Yes, they take on an extra $2M next year. But this team won't be good enough to compete until at least 2011-12, and having a 39-year-old Jason Blake and his $4M off the cap that year is a huge win.
What's the absolute worst-case scenario here? If Giguere is every bit as bad as Toskala, the Leafs are stuck with him for one full year. If he's borderline average, the Leafs will have a cup-winning goalie to dangle at next year's deadline."
and if by a guy who can score you mean on pace for 15 goals/37 pts... then you got your guy.