J.I.A.H.N Posted February 14 Share Posted February 14 (edited) Well, here we are. I think alot of people after last year, thought we would had taken a step forward, after competing so well under BB. Well certainly we did do that, but it was influenced by outstanding goaltending from Thatcher Demko. I, myself was fooled, although, I seen and constantly talked about our RHD being weak. I just did not realize exactly how weak. Nor how Demko had covered up much of the hole. In saying all that, we are now 1 loss away from the 5th worse team in the league and 3 away from 4th. There is not a chance in hell, we make the playoffs, and winning can only rob us of the ability of having a real good draft, where we actually have a chance at Bedard, Fanilli, Carlsson. All 3 centers would be projected first over all picks in most drafts, and all 3 would allow Pettersson to move to wing, and create a super line, that dominates every shift. But that is only one pick, and one draft, and does not address our main RHD problem. Now I am not proposing ever trading Bedard if we got him, but it certainly opens up the conversation, of a few chess moves, with the other 2, and maybe even Michkov, who is another discussion. I personally, do not want another winger, even one who is as good as Michkov, or the lesser ones, which are in the middle of the top 10 of the 2023 draft. IMO, we have to be aggressive in our rebuild, and we need to go after a true blue chip RHD. Landing one of the top 4, could open up that possibility, but we need to ride out the current season, and not attempt in anyway to improve the team, via trading for veteran help. Nor should it be our focus to sign a RHD for next year, that may or may not change the outcome of next years rebuild or draft position. Yes, we are wasting a year of Pettersson, and Hughes, but we need the proper pieces to complete the rebuild, so that we do not climb half the way up the ladder and then stall. If you look around, at the western teams, you see Vegas, Edmonton, Cagary, and LA already in position to compete, and upstart Seattle, has had a beautiful start to their franchise. Anaheim ihas the start of their rebuild in place and will this year add additional pieces. Well that pretty much leaves San Jose and ourselves, fighting for the crumbs. I suggest, we continue with toiling down at the bottom for one more season (17 more months), collecting much needed pieces, and at the same time, clearing cap, as Myers finishes his last season, and leaves at the end of his contract, instead of buying him out. At the same time, it is my opinion that the New York Islanders are in exactly the same spot, where they will have a very difficult time moving up the standings. I certainly do not see them breaking into the top 10 or 12 teams in the league, and I have my doubts they can even make the playoffs, so IMO, whether their pick is used this year or next, I don't see it changing much, so the pick acquired in the Bo Horvat deal, should in good position. Further more, if we do this right, and not attempt to correct out problems with short term UFA signings. We should be in a spot to draft an important player in the 2024 draft. (as I think we would be still top 5, with some really good players in a deep draft) My suggestion, would be to make trades, after acquiring the next 2 years picks, where we would have the assets from this and next years draft to dangle in front of greedy GM's. I am not suggesting trading them for old players, but for 22 or 23 year old players, that have already been battle tested, and who match up with Pettersson and Hughes, who will be in their prime and ready to compete for the cup. That is when you fill in the needed pieces, that is when you trade a 1st round pick. not before getting the major pieces in place. I fall back to Burke, and his ability to acquire the Sedin picks. Yes, we all know how that turned out and how that commitment put in place the building blocks for years to come. We have plenty of really good pieces, and we have an abundance of scoring wingers, so as we build, we can move some of them out, for additional assets. My presentation is a little "Helter Skelter", but that is kind of where we are today......we need to draft strong, rid ourselves of aging UFA's, and fill holes.........not an easy thing to do all in one year, as some expect. Buyouts are dangerous and debilitating, as they totally handcuff future years, if your plan actually works out. My message? Stay the course for 17 months, painful as it may be! Let the fall and the contracts expire naturally. Let's look at OEL in a couple of years. Maybe he retires! "IF" we we get into the top 3. Great! Pick a center.................... "IF" we end up 6th or 7th.........Pick a center, unless Reinbacker ends up top 10 "IF" Reinbacker moves up in the standings, like some are predicting, then others will fall. it is a win win! Take him early. If he doesn't, take him late. "IF" the Islander use their pick, great, that is 2 lottery picks for next year, in a deep draft. "IF" the Islanders don't, then we get a top 15 pick this year, in a deep draft. It also means we have a chance at Reinbacker with the later pick if he does not move up. IMO, "IF" we relax, and take our lumps, we end up a better place. Trade Boeser.....value? a late 1st or 2 seconds...........maybe a million or so retention (It is only 2 years!) IMO, we are in a good spot, if we do not panic! Edited February 14 by J.I.A.H.N 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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