The Rebuild Thread-"You be the GM"
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03-27-2012, 02:15 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
I've changed my mind on how I would want to do things as GM. I'm going for a 2-3 year rebuild. I want to set up most of my forwards for the future now. They are still 2-3 years away from being real impact players, but that gives me time to work over the defense and have them where I want when the forwards start peaking. The three forwards I am set on moving forward are my three offense minded defensemen-JMFJ, Wiz, and Moore. I'd take a chance on Nik with a two year deal as well, more if the numbers are low enough. I don't expect him to be anything more than the 3rd line, depth player, but he could surprise me.
The forwards are mostly young, but they make up the majority of the future of the team. There are some gag stops for now in Huselius, Umberger, Prospal...just some vets that will hold down some higher places until they get knocked down the lineup by someone else.
Nino Niederreiter is having an off year. He is still highly rated, but Islander fans seem pretty frustrated with him at least. I asked Islander fans what it would take to get him. They said it would still take a lot, one suggested Tyutin. If that was the case, I would do that deal. Tyutin isn't in my future. Obviously I would call around and see if I could get a better deal for Tyutin somewhere else, but for this hypothetical, lets say not. A future possible top line forward who has played with Johansen before seems interesting to me. Plus he has some size, which is one area I would want to add.
I would offer Dekanich a two way deal here. I don't think too many teams would offer him a one way considering he was hurt all year. He doesn't want to sign, no big deal.
I would trade for Harding's rights. I don't know what it would take, but I would make sure I got it.
I would trade Methot for whatever I could. If it was for Harding's rights great. Whatever, doesn't matter, he is gone.
I'd like to add another vet forward in there somewhere when a vet front he top 6 inevitably becomes injured and no one is ready to step in yet, but that would be a choice I'd make during the summer during FA. Some of (hopefully most of) Brassard, Atkinson, Nino, Johansen, Nail, and and Kubalik will be in the top 6 in the next few years.
For Nash I would require a younger top defensive minded defenseman, a high pick, then whatever else depending on the package. If I couldn't get a top line defenseman, I'd still require a top 4 d-man, a top 6 forward (either center or power forward) and pick. Lets go with my first scenario.
Kubalik, Boll, Gillies..something along those lines
That would be my lineup starting the year. The hope is that by the end of the year, Kubalik is a full time player, and players replace Umberger and Prospal, knocking them down to the third line. Mason would probably go into net year as the backup to finish his contract. That gives me this summer, next season, and that summer to find someone to go along with Harding moving forward.
Next year (12-13) would land us near the bottom of the standings. But with some growth from the younger forwards, the season to make trades/add to the defense, and another high draft pick (and possibly LA's 1st rounder), we shouldn't be as bad going into the season after that (13-14). The main pieces should all be there in 13-14 season, with minor tweaks. The 14-15 season is when I would expect a pretty decent team.
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