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01-28-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by blinkman360 View Post
IF Wang actually plans on increasing payroll, we should be able to add quality players even if we get shut out by top UFAs. The trade market is always a good source for bringing in talent, and in an offseason where a lot of teams will be forced to trim payroll fat(some of which will probably be valuable fat), Wang/Snow should have even more options.

We have a lot of talent in our pipeline. We even have a handful of elite talent. Add in another high draft pick(which, as much as it pains me to say it, is probably likely) and there really should be no excuses for not bringing in veterans that can truly help this team.

Even if absolutey zero UFAs are interested in signing here, you'd have to think that Brock Nelson, Matt Donovan and the 5th overall pick in the draft would bring back a pretty good player. Not only is that a very good prospect, a good prospect and a potentially great prospect going away, but they bring virtually zero cap hits. Not to mention 2 out of 3(arguably 3 out of 3 depending on who is drafted) will be NHL ready.

Regardless of whether or not you or anyone would want to trade that kind of package, the point is that this team could bring in proven NHL talent if they really want to.
I agree with this: We can trade (overpay with our reputation) to get a key guy in who can play very well and fit, but it doesn't change the fact that we don't play hockey well by design when our coaching has turned atrocious and our players refuse to battle as a method.

This roster can win hockey games.

We could make this roster better by addition.

But we can't make them play hockey better just by adding names. Right now, Ullstrom and Nabby look like the only two guys who match the opponents' intensity. That's not something a player transaction or two can fix.

That runs much, much deeper.

Time to call Nolan. (the only coach of that ilk who would pick up the phone and not order a pizza when Garth was on the other end)

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