Explain why this team needs a shake-up.
This team will be getting an injection of offensive talent when Kesler and Booth return.
I disagree whole-heartedly. I believe in loyalty and trust. I believe there are players on this team who have earned the right not to be traded, by sacrificing themselves for the team, participating in the community, displaying character, etc. By trading these types of players, the organization would be trading their identity.
Offense was non-existent in the SCF 2 years ago and again last year.. In fact, they generated little in the way of offense the last 2 months of last season and had to rely on goaltending to win. Great goaltending can only take you so far as they should have learned. At some point, you have to out-score your opponent and expecting other top teams not to score, is folly.
As for loyalty, that could be said for Lu or Cory. Both have given their all for this team but one has to go. Booth is a hired gun that is over-paid (so far) for what hte brings. Ballard? Raymond?
MG said he would trade anyone that makes the team better. What if Washington offered Lu, Ballard and Burrows for Ovi, Brouwer, Johansson?
That would really hurt but is Burrows untouchable? I would lile to think so but...