Laich and Brouwer may get payed a lot but they will play far better than both Schroeder and Ramyond combined, despite Raymond scoring an awesome goal today St Louis' size showed how useless Raymond and Schroeder will be against size, a main factor in the playoffs.
I know you have a boner for Schroeder but we have to upgrade our size, and experience. Laich and Brouwer from Washington make the most sense in a Loungo trade.
Schroeder and Raymond are both very valuable, we do overpay in the long run but we aren't going to get a Carlson for Luongo. Not when Gillis is forced to trade Luongo, how will our cap situation work with both goalies? We aren't getting a AAA prospect for a 33 year old goalie that has proven to melt in the playoffs.
What does make sense is trading Luongo a Mason Raymond that is playing well, and Schroeder who has no place the same as Hodgson. for
A bonified 3rd veteran line better than any combination of Higgins Malhotra Torres 3rd line of yesteryear.
Higgins Laich Brouwer
If you have seen either of the mentioned players play you would accept the on paper loss of the trade and accepts it puts us in the most realistic position to win the cup within 3 years.
You're a mad man to take Schroeder in to the playoffs as our 3C
Really, cause I thought Raymond and Schroeder's speed was a huge factor, I thought Raymond especially was going to the dirty areas and using his speed to win battles.
I agree, we aren't getting Carlson for Luongo (Nor do we need him) and we aren't getting Forsberg or Kuznetsov either.
Hodgson actually had a place, and in hindsight he may have helped us, as our lack of scoring is what seemingly cost us, and that has seemed to be our downfall in recent years, Hodgson had a place with us, he just chose not to take it. The deal was made solely on him wanting out, nothing more.
And actually that is where you are wrong (2nd to last bolded part) This takes away our chances. As we will be hogtied, all our depth will be gone. With Laich and Brouwer in our linup we would then have only 1 million in cap space to sign everyone. That means we would have 15 players under contract, not even a full lineup and only 1 Million left in cap space.
And what do you think happens in the playoffs? Do the big guys suddenly grow claws, or do they throw hammers or do they get jet packs so they can fly around the arena and crush everyone with speed.
I understand playoffs are more physical, but the game is still the same, it isn't wrestling, its still hockey. If players that aren't 210 and aren't loaded with grit aren't useful in the playoffs, then why would half the players in the league be in the league? It would be the 70's again.
Speed is an important key too, I get wanting to get more physical but you can only be physical at certain points in the game, that doesn't change. You cant run around and hit people, having speed does have its advantages as long as those guys are strong enough and aren't afraid to go to the dirty areas and JS and Raymond have proven they aren't.