Originally posted by drunk49er:
yeah, the more i look into the move it sounds like you nailed it. we gave them something very small to have the rights to negotiate with a guy who wants to be here anyway. from what wings fans are saying, his play has dropped off a bit but he's still a serviceable guy at the bottom of your top 4 or a very solid third pair guy.
I prefer Vlasic/Burns
Boyle is getting old and should have his minutes start to fall off in favor of Burns. Burns pairs better with vlasic than demers because both demers and burns would be offensive dmen(and demers has had to go back to the AHL several times to work on defense). If burns jumps up like a forward you want vlasic there to be able to back him up in case it starts going the other way. Both Burns and Vlasic are young guys who are just going to get better as a pair.
If Murray is truly the man on the chopping block, Stuart is his replacement as a partner for Boyle. He's faster than murray, still hits pretty hard, but most of all he's not a complete dud when he has the puck on his stick. He has a slapshot that still manages him 5-7 goals a year and a decent amount of assists too, while Murray has one goal in the past two years. It's important to have that threat from both sides of the ice for a quick slapshot that's going to hit on net.