FlyHigh wrote:I think some of the Hayes reaction is mildly overblown. If this were 6 years, 6.5, presumably ppl would be over the moon. If they get 5 solid 2C years out of him (27, 28, 29, 30, 31 year-old seasons), I think it's fine.
Who knows what they'll do with Ghost, but honestly, Ghost-Myers could be a dynamite 3rd pair. I can see how they would talk themselves into Sanheim-Braun as a 2nd pairing. I don't think I agree with it, but there's at least some logic there, even if it's faulty.
At least Hayes also has the defensive talent to play 3C if Patrick explodes offensively eventually. Not that I'd like paying 7 mil for 3C but still.
I hope we go in with Ghost-Myers as the 3rd pairing, they could feast on easier matchups at even strength. Would love it if we could trade Hagg for a 2nd or 3rd to recoup half the Braun trade
Yep for sure. I dunno how true this has been recently, but one of those hockey tropes is that you need to be strong down the middle to win in the playoffs, think that Couturier/Hayes/Patrick would qualify for the new few years. With the cap going up, 7M isn't a ton to pay for a 2C, particularly when you consider that Hayes is doing most of his damage at ES. Also, just looking at the d-pairings:
If you assume Provorov rebounds, that's a pretty decent group. Sanheim at least managed to tread water in 1st pairing minutes last year, so you'd hope that he could do well in a 2nd pairing role. Then I think you have to hope that Myers can play his way into the top-4 as the year progresses. Myers/Braun paired with Ghost really would give you an above-average 3rd pairing.
Still think that the Braun trade was just flat-out dumb, but some of the wailing and gnashing of teeth I've seen on Twitter is a little much.