Re: Wheeler or a high draft pick, which would you give up??
posted at 7/29/2010 10:12 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Wheeler or a high draft pick, which would you give up??
In Response to Re: Wheeler or a high draft pick, which would you give up?? : 1. It is possible that the B's negotiate with Wheeler during the season, removing the need to go through this again next summer. 2. Wheeler was offered more money by Phoenix, but walked away. That's not someone who is out for the dough. 3. It's not like this guy is worthless. He's a young player with only two NHL seasons who has the ability to score. This could be his year. You can't just walk away from that. Let's say the award is $500K more than anyone would like. That extra $500K isn't going to save anyone's soul, and it's not going to be the difference maker in any deal.
Posted by Not-A-Shot
I completely agree on pt 3. I dont want wheeler off the team because I think he's useless nor do I want him off the team because I dislike him (even though I do dislike him). I want him off the team because I think that Ryder has more 2010 goals in him than Wheeler does, and I hate
the idea of salary dumping Savard.
I view walking away as a less evil than a) burying Ryder and b) trading Savard for peanuts, which is why I am for it. But I do agree that if possible it would be nice to carry Wheeler.
Regarding pt 2, after going to arbitration with the bruins, I seriously doubt that he would take a home town discount to stay here. So my point is, even if he breaks out this year, its not like we are going to have a good player under contract making short money. So to me, best case scenario is that Wheeler breaks out and we have to P-A-Y him. We'll never have the luxury of having Wheeler signed to an undervalued contract (like we had w/ lucic 2 years ago). To me, this moots the youth advantage that wheeler possesses.
Now if you can
trade Wheeler this year, then that makes me feel a bit better. Because that means that when its time for Sturm to come back, we'll have the option of trading Thomas , trading Savard, sending Ryder down or trading Wheeler
. If this final/italicized option does indeed exist, than I'm actually for signing him because it implies that we dont have to make a decision now.
Can we trade him if we take the arbitration amt? I thought I read somewhere that we cant.