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02-12-2013, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JoemAvs View Post
You might want to recheck. We were last in GF before last game and I don't think we moved up far. We absolutely lack top end skill. Stazz desperately needs a change and we don't know if firing Sacco would be enough. Lando's offense is still a question mark. PAP is nice but not first line caliber offense. The only guy who looks to have top tier offensive capability is Matt Duchene and even he has big question marks. We desperately need skill up front. The need on the backend might be more pressing but you are kidding yourself if you believe that we are "fine" at forward.

And stop trading our pick. That would be a franchise killing move!
And those proposals would be an absolute no from FLA or NYR unless we ship out a Top 3 pick and even than they would probably decline (atleast NYR would , Fla would maybe take it).
And trading a Top 3 pick is never a good move
You might also want to re-check who exactly is in the top 9 right now. Rather than:

Landeskog/O'Reilly/Downie
McGinn/Duchene/Parenteau
Hejduk/Stastny/Jones

we have:

McGinn/Duchene/Parenteau
Palushaj/Stastny/Jones
McLeod/Sgarbossa/Hejduk

Like I stated, when healthy, this team can score, they've proven it in the past. Those who are doubting what guys like Downie and McGinn did last season, why? Downie has proven to be a 40 point player while playing a very physical brand of hockey, he's done it twice already once in Tampa Bay and once here. McGinn is more of a doubt than Downie but from what I see out of McGinn I think he can be a consistent 20 goal scorer for this team, especially if playing in the top 6 I see him hitting 25/season. He's got an amazing shot, is a great skater and hits everything that moves; very similar to Downie. I don't doubt for one second that it was a hot streak last season that these two were on but at the same time, Downie found chemistry with O'Reilly and Landeskog and 3 players with chemistry is better than 3 players playing individually.

Parenteau is a 1st line winger, lets not kid ourselves here. He may not be the "flashy" 1st line winger, but he put up 53 points in his first full season, 67 in his next season and if it were an 82 game season this year he'd be on pace for 75 points, that is 1st line material in my eyes.

This team just needs to be given freedom on offense, not be forced to play Sacco's dump and chase grind it out style, because that doesn't suit this team yet he hasn't figured it out in this his 4th season.

Also, why would the Rangers decline? Stastny would look great on that 2nd line, and they'd have a lot of cap space seeing as how the 8.1 million owed to Redden and Drury is off the books next season. Yes McDonagh is a fantastic player and Del Zotto is a very good top 4 defenseman, but its a top 5 pick, potentially top 3 and heck, maybe even 1st overall if we continue on this path + a 2nd line centre for a top pairing d-man, a top 4 d-man, and a depth player.

I get it, people are not fans of trading picks that high and its basically a sure thing that guys like Jones, MacKinnon and Drouin develop into stars but I want this team to be better on the back end. As long as we have Hejda, O'Byrne, O'Brien, Zanon, Barrie etc all playing heavy minutes this team is going to suck

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