It's fun to do these things and taking out if Colorado would have any interest in a deal like this or not...do you think Lou is ready to deal Larsson, the player that Lou, Conte and the rest of the scouting staff were best described as "giddy" when he fell to them at #4. Someone they were apparently going to take #1 overall. Has that much changed in 3 years for them to give up on him? I guess a lot has changed, but...
As for Salvador, I know he;s a guy people wish gets bought out and would make a fine choice, but again, from what we know about Lou and his thoughts on Salvador and the leadership...my goodness the leadership...he's got the C, do you even think the thought has crossed his mind? Forget if Lou would entertain buying out Salvador. Does anyone think Lou sees Salvador as player that was struggling?
Trading him for someone like Ryan O'Reilly is not giving up on Larsson. Otherwise, it's really hard to get a read on what the brain trust thinks of him right now. Obviously there was something about his game they didn't like since they sent him to Albany for most of last year.
So far as Sal, it's not so much that we expect/hope that Lou realizes that he's a bad player. He's a below average defenseman, but one that wouldn't have much of a problem finding another team to play for, just not for the long term. If the Devils didn't have better options, the defense would still work pretty much fine with him. What I'm hoping is that Lou is honest when he says has to do something about the logjam on defense, and that he realizes that the most logical choice, absent a very favorable trade, is to cut bait on Salvador. I'm more inclined to believe this is not the case, but with Lou you don't know until you know.
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