Submitted by Boltsgirl41922 on June 30, 2006 - 22:37
I've been a member of this site for a few weeks now, and I see that most people don't agree with my views. Somehow, I can live with that. People disagreeing with me, and telling me so tells me that my ideas are worth something. Because of this, I'll post my feelings about the trade for Marc Denis.
Everyone has been saying that we needed a new goalie. Fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I disagreed. I admit 2005-06 was a pretty bad year for us (goaltender wise), but I dont think trading Fredrik Modin was a good idea.
You all probably disagree with me. You probably think that goaltending was what needed to be fixed. Okay, some nights the goalies could have stayed home and we would have done better. I just dont think giving up a top six foward was a good move.
Okay, I take that last part back. Trading a star foward is okay if you're getting a bona fide number one who can steal games for you. It's alright to trade a player your team needs for something the team appears to need more.
I could understand trading one of the top six for a genuine starter such as Giguere, or Brodeur, or Kiprusoff or maybe even Luongo or DiPietro or Fluery. (I know none of those goalies we could have even in our dreams.)
I could understand trading for a guy with playoff experience, with a winning over all record, a great save percentage and an amazing goals against average.
I know Denis has been playing for Columbus. CBJ is 28th in the 30 team league when it comes to shots allowed. But still, a goalie worth trading a cornerstone of the franchise for would be able to win games no matter how many shots he faced.
What happened to the good old days when a goalie faced 73 shots and still managed to win the game (the goalie I'm referring to, I dont recall his name only let in 3 goals in this game). The goalie is supposed to be the last line of defense, he should be able to steal games when needed.
Denis is not what I consider a fair trade for Fredrik Modin. A top six winger was traded for an extendable goalie who has failed to lead his team into the playoffs. We traded a guy who provided steady offense for a goalie who we havent even seen win 30 games a year. Modin's a foward who can change a game by himself; Denis, supposedly has a good glove hand.
Without Freddy, who is supposed to take his spot playing with Brad and Marty? Affy played well when forced into the position for a little while, but I dont know if he can produce the same way Freddy could.
We lost this trade.
Good luck to Freddy in Columbus. I know I will miss him terribly...