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02-07-2013, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by doublechili View Post
You have to go back to the summer Smyth elected not to re-sign and they lost several other players to UFA. Remember the entire NHL roster had like 10 players before they signed Jon Sim on like July 5th. From that time forward it's been a from-scratch rebuild for the most part.

I agree at some point you have to expect results, but you can reasonably say there has not been a whole lot of time for newly drafted players to mature sufficiently, or to build enough depth, for them to be able to trade some away.

However, I think the roster is about at the point where they can start making some deals from depth to acquire higher quality: either players in their prime or young studs. The question will be, is Wang willing to pay the necessary $$$ before Brooklyn?

the problem is the depth is in PROSPECTS, not on the team itself. And no team wants prospects in-season. At the deadline, teams will want help for NOW, with expiring contracts, and all the Isles have to offer are: Nabokov, Visnovsky, Boyes, Martinek, maybe Streit if you want to deal your captain, at the weakest position no less?

There's nothing coming back that will significantly help this team next year, not for these guys.

Would Streit to the Pens for Olli Maata or Scott Harrington be a deal worth making? What about Streit to Philly for Couturier? or their counter, Wayne Simmonds?

Outside the conference: Streit to DET for Gustav Nyquist or Brendan Smith?

I don't think trades are the way to go.

UFAs is probably a better idea but that will mean a drastic overpayment that is often a bad move, both financially AND on-ice.

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