The Armchair GM Thread - XXXVI
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03-18-2013, 01:27 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
So, i've been harping on about a deal for Brassard...and while i'm not enamoured with the idea, others have been endlessly dropping Goc into proposals. What about going after both?
If we were able to move Booth+ to Columbus for Derick Brassard (tougher now that Booth is injured again, but realistically Columbus is looking at next year and beyond anyway). Then move a reasonable package of futures to Florida for Goc as many propose...fleshing that out, it actually looks like a really solid forward group when healthy. Goc would bring the LH faceoff guy that's needed for defensive zone draws and defensive assignments. Brassard brings the offensive creativity and point producer we desperately need.
Would give a ton of lineup flexibility. Some examples:
or if the situation lends itself to a 'shutdown 3rd line':
or if you want some added toughness with the Twins:
and on and on. The combinations open up dramatically with 5 capable Centers in the fold. You can play around endlessly with the permutations and lines suited for different roles. You can bump Lappy to the RW and have Goc centering the 4th line and sub in someone like Pinnizzotto or Sestito as a natural LW if you want. Lots of different possibilities there.
Defence and goaltending would stay 'as-is' for now, as would goaltending. You hope Edler+Garrison can play together and roll with:
like the forward group, solid top-to-bottom if it meshes on the 2nd pairing.
Then come summer, you move Ballard out for whatever you can get (hopefully playing on a stable pairing with Tanev would raise his value somewhat), find a deal for Luongo that brings back a young defenceman to play on the bottom-pairing for now with room to grow, and some futures/picks/etc (recouping some of the assets spent on Goc and Brassard). As long as that young blueliner is ~$2M in salary, it'd be tight cap-wise, but it could work for next year as well if you can get the UFAs re-signed for reasonable rates (Higgins, Raymond, Lappy).
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