In reality though, Holmgren must have figured that Carcillo was a fair replacement for Upshall, and this saves him the hassle of having to resign Upshall, or be forced to trade him in the summer when he has no value.]]>
This trade was made for exactly the same reasons Gary Roberts was traded for a couple years back. Leadership and Toughness. But Guerin does have more of a goal scoring history than Gary did, and Crosby (being the player he is) can elevate his teammates better then anybody in the game.
Only time will tell what Guerin can do with Crosby, but I don't think that there is much risk involved in this trade. They didn't give up either of their top two picks and they needed to add that net presence and toughness that Guerin brings if they wanted to make any noise in the playoffs. This team has the ability to win IF all the pieces of the puzzle come together correctly. Fleury has the ability to play better(as seen last season) and you can never count a team with Crosby & Malkin on it out until they're out.]]>