Thread: Value of: Dan Boyle to Ottawa
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01-03-2013, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Sens Rule View Post
I think the Sens are ready to compete now for the Cup. Not that they would be favourites... but this is the new parity NHL. You could win the Cup as an 8th seed. Not that the Senators might be a better team in a few years, but you compete to make the playoffs and try to go as deep as you can every year. Plus this year, if there is a frickin season, we still have Alfredsson.

GMs in the NHL, including Bryan Murray have a plan to win now and win later. If you can get an asset that massively increases your chances of winning this season then you do it. We have an embarrassment of riches in terms of prospects at forward. Far more then could ever fill our roster. I am not advocating trading a bunch of them or anything... you wait and see how they develop and how they help you now and how they might help later. Then if a Turris comes along you can trade for him... or if a Boyle opportunity comes along you can go for it.

Teams now do not think with a 3 or 4 year window. I mean they obviously plan for the future, but you can't afford to build or rebuild for the future. You try to make the playoffs and hope you have a healthy team that is on a roll.

I totally would not have wanted Rick Nash... but Murray kicked the tires and tried to see if he could get him. Because there is a dearth of talent in the NHL and if you can get a truly top level talent.. like Boyle is... then you try to make a deal for him.

Hardly any good players get moved anymore and few ever make it to UFA because teams resign them. It has not been this hard to get new talent in your system in the NHL for a very long time... maybe ever. You are stuck with your own prospects and players to develop. We have a great prospect base now. We should not mortgage that, but getting a top level talent. even if he is 36 years old for a couple of pieces... is not mortgaging the future.
I'd be very interested in something around Turris and Boyle. Boyle is surely better, but only has a few years left. Not sure how your centre depth is though, not an OTT fan. Perhaps even it out with a cap dump from one side or the other, ex. Handzus from San Jose to alleviate some pain from losing a centre.

EDIT: In case you get upset, he's currently our #1 d-man (Burns is taking over though) on a very good defense. He's still arguably one of the top offensive d-men in the league. There was talk of Gaborik for Boyle, which fell through when Gabby had surgery. That is relatively fair value, and I'd have Turris about that value too.

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