Hortankin Posted December 20, 2015 Share Posted December 20, 2015 We're obviously not going to have a shot at the cup this year so lets get this rebuild started. I understand we want to stay competitive and we will. We could ice a pretty good lineup next year that could make a surprise push to a cup. Here it goes. To Van Yakupov Nilsson To Edm Markstrom Hamhuis (edit) Jensen 4th/5th Markstrom is really starting to come along and his big frame will be enticing to an Oilers team that has been long awaiting a stud goalie. Then they also add a pick and a big bodied prospect that could excel with a change of scenery. Yakupov is a great offensive player but lacks defensive ability. The former 1st overall pick is surrounded by quite a few players that are higher than him when it comes to offence in McDavid, Hall, Eberle, RNH, and Draisitl. Edmonton needs a Goalie more than they need Yakupov, and Markstrom is a young big bodied goalie with huge potential. With how Demko is playing he is more than likely our goalie of the future. Id feel pretty safe trading Markstrom and banking on Demko turning into our starter, the guy is a star in the making. To Van Conditional 2nd To NYI Higgins If Higgins resigns we get a 2nd, if not it becomes a 3rd. I know Higgins has NTC, but if there was 1 team he would waive his NTC clause it would be the Islanders. Higgins is a hometown boy who could really help on the Islanders PK. He is a great 3rd/4th line defensive player on a reasonable cap hit, unfortunately he has been forced into a top 6 role and has lost a lot of fans' respect, not mine. He is not in our plans for the future so lets get a pick for him now. To Van 2016 1st To Mtl Vrbata (50% retained) We retain 50% salary so Vrbata fits into Montreals cap. The Habs have a great team and can make a big run at the cup. They already said they are willing to go all in so it sounds as if their 1st is up for grabs. Vrbata has been having a down year but so has the entire team. You cant forget about the goal scoring ability this guy adds. I think we can get a 1st but id also take a 2nd, its better than nothing. Our lineup this year when healthy: Sedin Sedin Hansen Burrows Sutter Virtanen Baertschi McCann Yakupov Prust Horvat Dorsett :Cracknell, Vey, Shinkaruk, Kenins, Gaunce: Edler Tanev Hutton Sbisa Weber Bartkowski :Biega, Pedan, Subban: NOTE: Hamhuis could also fetch us a 2nd/3rd if he returns to form before TD. 2016 PICKS Van: 1st (1-15) Mtl: 1st (20-30) Van: 2nd Nyi: 2nd/3rd Van: 3rd Van: 4th Van: 6th Van: 7th Another 2 first round picks and 3-4 picks in the first 2 rounds can reall help speed up this rebuild. We should sign Lucic and resign hammer to a lower term if not we will need to find a replacment. Next years lineup could look like: Sedin Sedin Lucic Burrows Sutter Hansen Shinkaruk McCann Virtanen Baertschi Horvat Gaunce Edler Tanev XXXXX Sbisa Hutton Bartkowski Miller XXXXX Here is how i see our roster in 3-5 years (with these trades i proposed). Players i leave out i would want replaced by then. I want to try and find a stud LW to play our 1st line because Id like to have Shinkaruk on the 2nd. So im leaving Baertschi out because i do not see him as a bottom 6 player. XXXXX McCann Boeser Shinkaruk Horvat Yakupov Sedin Sedin Virtanen Grenier Cassels Gaunce XXXXX XXXXX Hutton Tanev Tryamkin Sbisa :Brisebois Subban: Demko XXXXX So IMO we need to try and draft/sign (2) top 2 D, (1) 1st line LW and then we will have a pretty solid team. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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