I don't care who or how, or how much his pay is, I think it's the best way to solidify our top six.
I'm a huge Booth fan, but I don't believe that our second line is good enough until we get a playmaking second liner.
I also hope you guys remember the steal we got him for. Marco sturm + Mikael Samuelsson. Not to mention a 3rd round pick in this year's draft, and Steven Reinprecht.
Right now, when we're healthy, our lines will look something like
Daniel - Henrik - Kassian
Booth - Kesler - Burrows
Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen/Higgins
Lapierre - Malhotra - Volpatti
I don't believe that Schroeder's ready to play up on the second line yet, so I'm interested in moving out one of our scorers for a playmaker.
When I look at Washington as a trading partner, the only thing that comes to mind that seems possible is Mike Ribeiro. A deal centering Luongo + for Ribeiro + makes way too much sense to me for it not to happen if we do end up moving him there.
Looking at the Devils, I see Patrik Elias. Yeah, he'll probably be a devil for life but he's so amazing. He knows where to be all the time, he goes to the net and fights, and he passes with ease. He’s a veteran and would add a lot of experience.
Another guy is Dannie Briere. Guy’s always been a stud, and I’d love him on this team.
Also the heavily regarded Stephen Weiss. We’re not going to be able to move David Booth back to Florida, but he’s another good playmaker who’d fit well on the second line. If Luongo does end up going back to Florida, a deal centering these two players makes too much sense not to happen.
It’d be crazy to think of what our team could accomplish with Weiss
Daniel – Henrik – Kassian
Booth- Weiss/Ribeiro/Elias/Briere – Kesler or Kesler - Briere
Raymond – Burrows – Hansen
Lapierre – Malhotra – Higgins
I never thought I’d see Burrows back on the third line, but it makes so much sense if we could get weiss back. I honestly believe this would be our best team offensively that we’ve had in the last 15 years if we could. Weiss and Booth have played together. Also, there’s a “pesk” on all four lines.
Kassian, Kesler, Burrows, and Lapierre can all get under players’ skins.
If we move a top six forward out, then the need for a 3rd line centre stays.
My dream is that Gillis can acquire a player who can skate at the same pace as kesler and burrows, who’s also a playmaker, and a 3rd line centre before the deadline.
If this is out of reach, I doubt that we’ll be able to be successful, and I’d try and get a really high end prospect, or a first round + prospects not of that calibre
I’d do anything right now to get one of the players I’ve mentioned above. Even if that involves giving up one of our top prospects, or a high pick, I think it’s best for the team.
Also, if you're going to propose something, be realistic. No Luongo + raymond + ballard + rodin + 1st for nicklas backstrom bs please.
Am I missing any real possibilities for playmakers?
Edited by TrueStory, 30 January 2013 - 02:06 AM.