IBatch Posted July 9, 2015 Share Posted July 9, 2015 Benning has made it clear that next year is when things are going to happen to this team, both via free agency and by getting some picks. Given recent years trade deadline, you could expect both Vrbata and Hamhuis to get 1st rounders and possibly a couple 3rds. That is not arguable, look it up if you want to be informed. Benning knows this. He also knows that this years average UFA market is going to be eclipsed by a bumper crop next year possibly led by Stamkos. NOBODY on this team is guaranteed to stay if we don't make the playoffs, including all players with no-trade clauses (who may happily leave a team entering a full rebuild for chance at the cup with a contender). The Sedins, Burrows, Edler, and even Miller could be wearing different sweaters by the end of the season. The safest players are those on entry level deals who are outperforming their salary (to free up money to overpay vets via free agency) and are considered part of the new core (ie Horvat). This is the strategy that Benning has taken. It is the right one given the circumstances and the late stages of the core. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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