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03-18-2013, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Outside99 View Post
Its time for a mini rebuild - sell first then start buying.

I'd start by moving Raymond and Higgins for picks. That may sound crazy given that we're icing 5 AHLers up front tonight (3 in the top 9), but they're not core players and we need to accumulate assets and shed salary in order to add to the nucleus up front. I'd move Lapierre, Booth, Ballard and Alberts as well but they probably have zero trade value. If you can't trade Booth and Ballard, then they need to be bought out this summer during the amnesty period.

If you can trade Luongo for half decent picks and prospects, you do that too. If you can't move him at all by July 1, then waive him and if that doesn't work, then trade Schneider.

Leaves the team with a nucleus of 11 players and plenty of prospects and picks as well as 19MM cap space to re-sign Tanev, sign/trade for an elite forward or 2, a 3rd line center, a RHD for the 3rd pairing and complete the roster.

Basically you end up with a situation very similar to what GMMG inherited 5 years ago but with relatively more cap space, a better pool of picks/prospects, albeit an older core up front and a more experienced brass. If shrewdly managed, the team could go on another 5 year run. 5 out of 6 ain't bad.
All that would do is throw a bunch of guys away for basically nothing and then pin the team's hopes on the idea that they could sign or trade for other players to fill in later which is a pretty risky proposition.

And it's probably fairly unrealistic. There's only 1 buyout available this summer so Booth and Ballard cannot both be bought out. And if Luongo could be moved for picks and prospects without money coming back it probably would've already happened.

If you want to do a mini rebuild you have to trade someone that actually has some value or else you're just spinning your wheels. All the team would get out of Raymond and Higgins is some 2nd or 3rd round picks. That paltry return probably isn't worth throwing away the season for.

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