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02-10-2013, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by FolignoQuantumLeap View Post
Ottawa doesn't need to make a deal just for the sake of making a deal. The great thing about having a young team is that you can expect improvement from within. We're seeing it with Wiercioch, Da Costa, Turris and Silfverberg as they get more comfortable in the NHL and in their roles.

Im all for bringing a guy like O'Rielly aboard if we can do it without trading Turris, Zibanejad, or Cowen and preferably not our 1st. Without those assets on the table I'm not sure we can bring in a player like ROR. ROR would be a luxury and it's worth noting that he's currently hurt. We'd need him now but he's not ready.

I'm still more in favour of bringing in a good youngish D over a forward. I'll keep saying it, Fedor Tyutin would be perfect. He'd replace Gonchar and give us another bomb to use from the point.
IMO if this year's first is moved appropriately it's not that valuable if we can get into the playoffs. I wouldn't mind giving up our first for O'Reilly. I think that Colorado recognizes that they're not going to be competing this year.

Something like Puempel + 1st 2013 + 3rd 2013 for O'Reilly (signed). I would do that. Chances are that you are not going to get a player as good as O'Reilly in this year's draft past the 15th pick and it would allow us to compete more with Spezza's prime years. Turris could be moved to the wing if ROR from last year is for real (which we are banking on).

Michalek - Spezza - Turris
Zibanejad - ROR - Silfverberg

That's actually a legitimate top 6 IMO next year. We also have more flexibility if Spezza goes down because Turris can slot over and we can fill in the top 6 with a number of players.

I know that we're seeing a great amount of improvement from our guys, but the reality is that even though we've gone through a rebuild/retool or whatever you want to call it we ARE in a position to compete right now. If we're not going to take advantage of Spezza's prime, as much as it pains me to say it, we might as well trade him away because it's likely that his window of being elite is closing within the next 3 - 5 years.

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