Big Trade or Tanking ?
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10-21-2011, 10:57 AM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: West Island
I think if this season fails (judged at the end), you have to at least think about moving proven, valuable players like Pleks and Cammy for unproven assets with high potential who will improve at or near the same rate as our young core players (PK, Eller, Price, Patches, and "safe" prospects like Leblanc, Bournival, Gallagher), allowing for a shortened rebuild.
If Washington doesn't get to the cup finals, I think they'll be done with Semin. If, at the same time, we determine that our foundation has too many cracks, then I'd like to see:
Cammy, Pleks, Tinordi/Weber/Kristo
Semin(UFA), Kuznetsov, COL 1st (assuming they finish in the bottom 5, as predicted)
It's an extremely high risk move (we'd have plenty of cap space but absolutely need to get Semin signed), but it allows us to get younger, more dynamic and potentially returns 3 first line players.
Wash would want to win now and have expiring contracts which allow them to add two proven first line players (and PO performers) for two prospects and an unwanted UFA.
Imagine in 3-4 years, when the Gomez, Gionta, Cole contracts expire:
Patches - Grigorenko/Galchenyuk - Semin
AK - Eller - Kuznetsov
Bournival - Leblanc - Gallagher
UFA?2013 1st?Tinordi? - Subban
Beaulieu - Gorges
Emelin - Diaz
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