Phat Fingers Posted January 25, 2017 Share Posted January 25, 2017 I don't usually start threads, but when I do... Hear me out, we have a bubble team exceeding expectations this season (65pts ) that is a potential wildcard team. I believe this is due to poor performances from teams that should be better this year (LA, Cal and Win). I am stoked that we have had good growth from most of our young players and love the new d core. My hope is that JB recognizes that we should move out some older vets at the TDL and early off season rather than add. I believe we cannot afford to lose any real talent to LV and need to make smart moves to protect our younger players. Added to that, we have two vets on expiring deals that should garner some attention at the TDL. The following players are the ones that I think have value and could/should be moved to further the "retool". Vancouver can retain salary or take back cap hits to facilitate a deal. Miller. Awesome addition, has really shown he is a legit veteran who can add a lot of security to a contender with questions in goal. Teams that could/should be interested. Edm, LA, Mon (Montoya is awful), Ana. Can't see him getting more than a 2nd after his flop in STL. Burrows. It would be awesome to get a 2nd, but I would expect a 3rd for the dragon slayer. He has lost a bit, but has had a great bounce back season and is the type of player that teams love to add for the playoffs. Montreal has been mentioned. It would be a great story of he went back there, but many teams should be interested. The two above moves are fairly straightforward and only losing Miller would dampen expectations this season. The hard moves this year I believe should occur is designed to preserve assets from LV. Hansen, awesome cap hit, limited NTC and the exact type of player any team wants. But he is 31 this year and we have to consider that one of Baer or Granlund would be exposed to LV if we keep Hansen. For that reason, trade Hansen at near peak value and get a much better return. Hansen could start a bidding war and get a low 1st at min. I would like to see a waiver exempt legit prospect over a pick. For example, Montreal gets Hansen, Vancouver gets Juulsen and a 3rd or Wash gives up Bowey for Hansen. Next, our Defence needs to be thinned out in the top four. Guddy has poor value right now and I like his physical play and leadership abilities. So he's out. Sbisa is proving his worth this year, is just 25 and I don't believe he would get much return based on his inconsistency issues from his past years. He is great for Van, can play both sides and is a great top 4 place holder until our younger players can step up. This leaves Tanev and Edler. A case can be made to keep or trade either. Tanev can go to any team and I think would have the highest return, but he is young and fits in exactly with the 'retool on the fly' approach JB has taken. Edler has a NTC and injury issues (back) that might limit return. At minimum a 1st rounder and a decent prospect for either, but believe that value to be low. More if they are packaged with one of the other mentioned players. Either would likely be the most sought after defenders available for the TDL for any cup team and both are on good contracts for the following season. Thoughts and ideas of who would be ideal partners for trades? EW Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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