You are allowed an extra player (= 24) if it's a goalie injury situation.
As for trading Vatanen, that's crazy. He's the one and only proven offensive defenseman we have that is effective on the PP. Unless we're getting back a Taylor Hall quality player, fageddaboutit.
(why weren't we in on Hall????? )
I remember something about that extra skater ina goalie injury situation... If thats the case, then I really dont know why he was sent down.
Proven, ok I get that. Theodore though, appears to have the best vision out of any of these guys when it comes to the offensive side of the puck. its early and I could just be hyped on the kid, but he makes plays and when he gets more and more comfortable, its only going to get better.
Remember though too, last season Vats couldnt do jack on the PP until almost the half way mark. Hampus was the better PP option. This year Fowler is looking like hes the better PP option. I'm not saying this to bash Vatanen or say hes not important to the PP, only that we've done it without him being productive before and other D have stepped up and posses the abilities to do so.
Im not down on Vatanen. I like the guy, he brings a lot to the blueline and is certainly a very good player. I've just said since day 1, Id rather keep Fowler over Vats. For me, Fowler might not be the same offensive talent, but his overall game, I believe, to be better. Hes a better defender, better skater, and better puck distributor. Vatanen is the quicker guy with a better shot and better offensive skillset. Vats is also a bit more tenacious.
I think a guy like Theo can come in and better replace whats missing if you traded Vats over Fowler. Plus, keeping Fowler gives a little more stability to the blueline.
. I used to prefer to keep vats because of his pp shot, playoff intensity, but fowler has really upped his play this season.
also, when it really seemed to be either one of them has to go due to cap problems, i decided id rather keep fowler. it was a toss up for me for a while but when it comes down to it, fowler adds more to the team.
Ok, cool. Like I said i thought TL and I were the silent minority on that one. Id agree with your overall assessment, its kind of a toss up but Id rather keep Camerica.
I'd trade whichever one gets us a better return.
This is probably the most logical way to go about it, if they decide to trade anyone.