netwolf wrote:NIN wrote:It's not without risk, that's for sure. I would go as high as 1.5 for 1 year only if I were desperate, which the Pens are.
Why would someone waste a pick on a guy who is going to be an UFA at the end of the season anyways? Why not wait and see how he plays overseas and then make him a low low offer. I think a few teams might have that same idea and so the price goes up.
Morozov's failure at the NHL level does'nt take away from the fact that he has had some success and a 28 year old can play alot better then a 26 year old sometimes.
I was talking about last summer before the season started. Teams knew Patrick had no interest in re-signing Morozov and could have had his rights for practically nothing if they wanted. Then they could have signed him for a one year deal to see what he could do.
None of this makes any difference because I think Morozov is happy in the RSL. I don't think he has any desire to come back to North America.
Well as you know last summer there were ALOT of options available for teams looking for scoring wingers so moving a 6th rounder for a guy who went 42 games without a goal wasnt a priority for any team.
Also, Patrick never expressed a desire to trade Morozov. Morozov was regarded as a potential player up until LeClair was signed. They had about 2 million left in cap space that they were saving for Malkin. When that fell through the choices pretty much came down to LeClair or Morozov and I think we know who had the better track record. By that time rosters were pretty much set around the league and Morozov- who never really cared if he played in the NHL this season anyways- wasnt in anybodys plans.
PR wise Morozov acts like he has mono or something and he probably looks down his nose at our country. He is tough to read because he mumbles with an accent. It's tough to build chemistry with a guy with those communictaion skills but I hear Malkin is pretty much a hard-core russian bear himself so who knows how that whole thing would work out.
I doubt he would want to leave Russia but there might be some money out there for him in the NHL if he wants to go for it. There are probably a few russian teams that would offer more anyways so Morozv would need a labotomy to play here.