Trade Proposals: July-August
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08-13-2012, 02:05 AM
'13-'14 East Champs
Join Date: May 2010
Scoring can win you games, but defense wins championships. Our defense, currently constructed, with the return of Sauer is an embarrassment of riches. Every team in the league would dream of their defense looking like that and the age of that group makes it even more amazing. You do not break up this core on defense unless someone can replace someone on the roster. Right now, the only hope that there is for that is for McIlrath being able to take on 3rd pairing minutes. That does not mean Stu Bickel minutes, that mean 14 minutes a game. I don't know if he can. We know the others can right now.
If there is a trade for this team to make it is not for a winger of Kane's caliber, but someone that can contribute on the 3rd/4th line to make the bottom 6 better. Also, if we are trading for a forward, I believe it will be a center over a winger. Even with the team having Miller, it's not likely he'll be in NY this season. Another year in Plymoth would serve him well, and especially not as the #2 center on a team that wants to win a Cup. Miller not being on the team, unless he earns the right to be, is going to be a good move regardless of whether or not he is ready. Having him on the team regardless could hurt him long term.
We need to acquire ourselves a Rich Peverley type player. Good tweener 2nd/3rd line center than wins faceoffs and can provide good offense. Besides that, this team is set. I'd rather look to more youth to fill in some possible holes. Yogan and Thomas could possibly come up some point in the season and add some skill, and with Yogan, some grit to the bottom 6.
We made our big splash getting Nash. It's time to see if it's going to work out for the better of the team. Gaborik, Nash, Callahan, Kreider, Hagelin, and Pyatt is good for the top 3 lines. If there is a spot for grabs, it's Pyatt's spot. If Yogan or Thomas show they are NHL ready, they can take that spot from him.
This team is not making a deal until a season begins and if they see something that needs to be addressed. An offensive upgrade to Boyle or Pyatt are the likely choices for that.
Not a good trade to make. Keep what we have, move forward. They got this far by developing youth and drafting well. Let's not blow that up in a couple trades.
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