This has been one of my most favorite summers of hockey! Firings, Trades, Signings, Drafting and Speculation. And we are not even finished the summer!
I have been trying my best to curb my enthusiasm, but so many options, so many opinions, so many illusions, so many dreams! God! What fun!
So, let's talk about the illusions! Right now, with all our Veterans forwards in the lineup we look like this.
Dank Hank Vrbata
Higgins Bonino Kassian
Hansen Matthais Burrows
Dorsett Richardson Vey Spares:Sestito and Zalewski
It is my understanding that none of these players are waver exempt, therefore to waive any of them, there runs a real, almost 100% chance of being claimed. Not a good option!
Benning has said that he has finished tinkering for the summer, unless a team comes calling, no more moves.
But this is the illusion, both Benning and Linden have said they would like to see youth, brought into our line up. This, I believe is the trueth, also.
So my take on this is as follows:
Unless someone comes calling, Benning will enter training camp with this roster (Don't get bogged down on the positions, only for illistration purposes) He will have 3 real prospects competing for postions on the big club, they are Gaunce, Horvat, and Jensen ( 2 of these will make the Canucks)
Which will allow Benning to keep his word of going for the playoffs, playing youth, but trading 2 vets (Hansen and Burrows are my bet) for picks come late Sept. or he will keep them both until the deadline and then pull the plug if we are not in the playoff race
Will we be in the playoffs, well we will be close, will we have extra picks, yes I think so, do I have any idea what will happen this year? Not a chance! It will be interesting!
Anyone else think this ? Or close?
EDIT: Screwed up there......Not what Ban TSN meant! Geesh!
Edited by janisahockeynut, 11 July 2014 - 10:42 PM.