Impact Player Needed

This is a follow-up on Habs_pm‘s ”Gainey To Make Decision”

He talked about leaders and impact players. The Habs have both, Koivu and Kovalev. Koivu fits in well, but does Alexei Kovalev fit in as well? His hot play so far could easily put the 3 letter word ”yes” in your mind, but Kovalev tends to become inconsistent. That inconsistency could end up hurting the Habs.

Teams that go far in the NHL are teams who have a great leader and an ”impact” player. A good example could be last year’s Buffalo Sabres, they had Chris Drury (Leader) and Daniel Briere (Impact Player).

What Bob Gainey needs to do is find a GM willing to take Kovalev along with Ryder and possibly Halak, who has apparently demanded a trade. The reason why I’m saying he should find a GM ”willing” to take those players is because Ryder has been cold and underachieving and God knows which GM thinks he can turn this kid around. Trading Halak would make his day and Kovalev has been hot but yet again, his inconsistency may kick in…

Finding a team to trade an impact player for these 3 would be the hard part. First of all, that team would have to have an underachieving goalie, second, they would have to give up their ”impact player” and believe in turning Michael Ryder’s cold play around.

What team(s) do you guys think would fit in this type of trade?


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