Bring your wallet, boys, if you want to get some of these players
“Bring your wallet, boys, if you want to get some of these players,” said Healy. “Remember the days of 2009 when [former NHLer] Billy Guerin, who was the captain of the New York Islanders? Pittsburgh gets him, he had 16 goals. A fifth-round pick, that’s all you got for him.”
Healy was referencing some of the recent moves made by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who just landed Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, but also made some noise last week by acquiring longtime Dallas Stars forward Brenden Morrow and Sharks defenceman Douglas Murray.
Healy had issues with the price tag for Murray, in particular, which was a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional choice (either a second or third-rounder in 2014) for the defenceman. Murray has four assists in 31 games for San Jose and is a minus-6.
He offered up a hypothetical scenario involving the Ottawa Senators, whose roster boasts a pair of important second-rounders in forward Jakob Silfverberg (2009, 39th overall) and goalie Robin Lehner (2009, 46th overall).
“Now let’s look at today’s costs, and it is expensive,” said Healy. “Murray, for instance, two second-round picks, well guess what? That would be [Jakob] Silfverberg and [Robin] Lehner, your goalie of the future, so it costs you a ton.”
He also noted the Senators have 16 of their own draft picks on their current squad, including five second-round choices and six third-rounders.
He added a warning teams looking to add rental players for the playoff run.
“Before you hand out all these draft picks, just be careful.”