khay Posted February 16, 2022 Share Posted February 16, 2022 I think Canes would want an incremental upgrade. Taking two roster players out, even if Miller is a significant upgrade over Kotka and Necas is probably not what they are looking for. Could disrupt chemistry, which will take some time to re-establish. And getting Kotkaniemi back doesn't help us cap wise moving forward unless we see him as part of a core (maybe he is?). We will need to re-sign him but how much is he going to get on his next deal? If his ask is 5+, well, I'd rather not. Necas is probably going to be a good add to our team. The Rangers have what we want (Schneider and a forward/top forward prospect) and we have what they want (Miller but also Motte to strengthen their bottom 6). NYR bottom 6 is their Achilles' heel. They generate nothing from their bottom 6 and that's a sure way to lose in the first round. Add Miller and they are getting a play driver as their 2C while pushing Strome down to 3C. Adding Motte to their bottom 6 makes their depth all that much stronger. The combined effect will help them win games in the playoffs. If we go on a bit of a winning streak in the next 8 games before the next home stand (say we go 6-2-0 or better), then I would rather hold on to Miller and Motte, and acquire a 3LD that is good at PK and push for the playoffs by aiming for 5 or 6 wins during the home stand. If we hold the current pattern like 5-4-0 or 5-3-1 or something average, then I would opt to trade both Miller (at 50% retained) and Motte and see if we can get king's ransom from the Rangers. Personally, I'd like us to make the playoffs and so I am hoping that the team can put up 6-2-0 for the next 8 games followed by 5-2-0 record during the home stand, combining for 11-4-0 record before TDL. Then we would be at 33-24-6 = 72 points with 17 games remaining or maximum of 34 points, of which we will probably need about 20-24 points. 13 of 17 games are against the playoff teams/playoff contenders so it's not gonna be easy but it sure will be fun to follow the team make a push for the playoffs. I still remember Harold Druken goal against LA that got us into the playoffs after a prolonged absence. That was an exciting moment. Would love to re-live that (but with different results in the playoffs as we were swept by Colorado in the first round). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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