What I don't understand is this:
Cleary is getting dragged across the coals this season, and Stafford is pretty much Buffalo's Cleary right now. So where is the logic in bringing in ANOTHER Cleary? Do you guys have some insatiable appetite for bashing inconsistent players on here?
And before you use the "He's on a bad team" excuse, realize that Buffalo is only 6 points behind the Wings and have played in 4 less home games...
Dan Cleary has never in his life scored 30 goals or put up 50 points. He's also not as big as Stafford or as fast. And while Buffalo as a team may not be much worse that Detroit this season, they have traditionally been much worse. Finally, even if the team wasn't as bad as Detroit, it's still a defense first system, and Stafford has NEVER played on the wing of an elite center. We have two of them.
Stafford is definitely having a down year. But he's not "Buffalo's Cleary" and is a prime candidate for the old "needs a change of scenery" adage.
Yeah Stafford's two consecutive 50 pt. seasons were flukes. Also, if I'm following you right now you're suggesting that the only reason that guys get shopped is because they aren't good. Which means that Filppula, Yandle, Iginla, Perry, Clowe, Stastny, Luongo, etc. are all not good.
Then again, we do have Nyquist, and lord knows he's the future.
ya cause 2 seasons of 50 points makes stafford a star ... hes never gonna be on the decline now right?? hes a power forward! if he was so good buffalo wouldnt be shopping him
iginla perry filppula clowe are all ufa's at the end of the season , yandle carrys a cap number of 5+ million a season and phoenix doesnt wanna waste $$$ ... stastny is being highly over paid .. and luongo has like what 8 years left? lol thats why those guys are being shopping around
laugh at nyquist but id rather give him a shot at the top line with datsyuk and keep the assets it would cost us to get stafford and his consective 50 pt seasons
Never said he was a star, just said he was a good young power forward that would help us. As for the rest of your meandering thought, you just proved my point for me. Lots of teams move lots of guys for lots of reasons. The fact that Stafford is trade bait doesn't mean he's not any good.
Give Nyquist a shot at what, getting steam rolled by top defensive pairings while stickhandling and passing them to death? We need goal scorers...he isn't one.
Thanks for playing.
Edited by kipwinger, 14 March 2013 - 05:29 PM.