Popular Post J.I.A.H.N Posted January 13 Popular Post Share Posted January 13 What is the famous quote? "The definition of insanity, is repeatedly doing the same thing, and expecting different results!" IMO, I think that is where we are. We have these great forwards, 1 offensive defenseman, and an injured Goalie. The truth is, we are so poorly constructed, and confined so much by our cap, it isn't funny! IMO, "IF" we were to stand pat, and keep our team, the way it is, we still need to move players, just to stay cap compliant, and we would have less of our forward group, and would still not have any RHD. And to boot, would still be hard against the cap! Yes, it starts getting better in 2 years, when Myers is gone, but that only gives us the cap to replace him. And there are no guarantees that we will get that 4 million cap increase, Bettman promised. My bet is it is less..........but in fact, no one knows, so it is impossible to plan for that increase, when recent evidence, says it can not be counted on. So that leaves us at today, and leaves us in a mess. The reality is we are in the 7th to last spot, and will probably stay in that spot or close, if nothing is done. So what should we do? Well, we can wait 2 to 3 years, and see if we can draft and sign our way out of it, but truthfully, that only makes us a mediocre team at best within those 3 years.......still fighting for a playoff spot with teams that are in rebuild themselves, and may have a head start on us. A mediocre team, that then has a 27 year old Pettersson and a 26 year old Hughes, and a 30 year old Demko. That sounds good, but we would also have a 33 year old Miller and a 31 year old Horvat. Never mind a 2000 year old OEL, still taking up 7 million in cap for 2 more years. We need to hire Burke, and Gillis (Joke) sort of ?????. The reason I say this is that we need visionaries, that can create, communicate and implement a plan. Fans would accept that route, if we knew there was a plan and it was being executed by competent people. The value of our assets which should be traded, have enough value, to stock the fridge, with excellent prospects, which does not get us there alone, which gives us the ELC's that are needed to be able to sign other veterans, to fill in the missing pieces. But not until we have acquired the prospect depth so urgently needed. Horvat, Miller, Kuzmeko, and Schenn should be traded this TDL and Boeser, Garland, Mikheyev, and Myers should be traded this summer. Yes, it is a hell of a turn over, but each one of them should give us some young return in assets. *Horvat should get us our best return..............................Horvat to Carolina for Morrow and a 1st (at a minimum) Miller has value despite what some say.........................a Miller to the Islanders for Bailey, Raty and a 1st, saves us 3 million, Bailey can be bought out, and still save 5.5 million *Kuzmenko is in his prime, and also has solid value.......I believe Kuzmenko to Washington for Ilorio/Lapierre and a 1st is reasonable, and I think OV would love it Schenn is just Schenn and so well respected................I think we could squeeze a 2nd out of someone * Note Both Horvat and Kuzmenko should be allowed to be contacted about their future, prior to signing. This gives us additional value, and maybe in Horvat's case we squeeze out a little more? It should be noted that all 3 picks are from teams with later, less valuable firsts, which allows for the expectation of higher value prospects. These are our best peaces to move at this TDL and work in several ways, including dropping us further in the standings. The summers trades of Garland, Boeser, Mikheyev, and Myers, will bring us lesser returns for the 2024 draft. But the result of moving all these players, drops us down, and gives us an incredible "Own Pick", which this year, could be in the 1 to 4 area, and next year in the 1/2/3 area. Never mind, what it does to later round picks, where we may pick up a bonus player, who actually makes the bigs. This is all "Pie in the Sky", if we do not have management and ownership with vision. There is so many things that can be done, to improve our future, but a plan, a coach, a GM, and a owner that are all on the same page, would be a great start. 3 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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