Should we keep Raymond and try and sign him in the off season or trade him while his stock is high?
Raymond UFA 2.275 mil cap hit (age 27)
Steve Ott 2.950 cap hit (age 30)
A young player with offensive skill and a good set of wheels for a hardworking gritty type player that's built for the playoffs?
Good hockey trade? Thoughts?
Steve Ott's playing style is kamikaze-like and is very pesky just like Burrows. Which is why they would make great line mates. Add Kassian to the mix and you got a tough line to play against.
Downside to this trade is you break up the Raymond Schroeder Hansen line which has been on fire. How long will they continue on this hot streak? Will they have success in the playoffs? Highly unlikely... but you never know.
Upside is you get to roll 4 lines that can contribute offensively and is defensively responsible. Also you get to load up the first line with your best players.
Sedin Sedin Kesler - top offensive line with net presence
Burrows Ott Kassian - skill, grit and toughness
Higgins Schroeder Hansen - sniper playmaker grinder
Sestito Lapierre Gordon - tough guy grinder twf
That lineup looks playoff worthy
Some notes regarding the 4th line
I've been surprised by Sestito, he's been very responsible in his own end and can make plays. He makes the team play bigger when he's in the lineup.
Gordon hasn't been too shabby either. While playing with the Hershey Bears he registered 21, 37 and 28 goals. He's got offensive upside to him and I love how he always finishes his checks.
Then we got Pinizotto and Weise, two other players that can slot into the 3/4th line if need be.
Edited by Mrock-763, 24 March 2013 - 11:34 PM.