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10-16-2013, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Vankiller Whale View Post
We've been acquiring young players because we don't have the cap space for any established effective roster players, and Gillis is still willing to give Booth a chance.

At the dealine if we have some more cap space for an acquisition then I don't think it would be super unlikely we don't make an acquisition, especially if the team is playing lethargically. While the Roy trade has probably turned Gillis off pure rentals, acquiring someone signed for longer, or someone we are confident of re-signing shouldn't be out of the question.

Cap space is only part of this current direction. Gillis had the option to get a matured asset for cheaper by possibly signing Gilbert or Kostka. Brunner was also there, as you know. Instead, he chose to go with a 24 year old Weber and picked up Stanton to park the older Alberts. He's given Dalpe and Schroeder a shot to secure spots in the bottom6, when more mature assets could be penciled in there. Basically, he's actively going in the direction of trying to develop younger players here.

With every opportunity to add a matured asset, Gillis has to make a choice between taking space away from a young player or locking down a position long term. The team has 7 vet forwards. Replacing Booth with a vet keeps that number consistent. So maybe there is room for one vet. Moving him for a younger player increases the youth and the odds such a player brakes out via development here too though. So there are positives both ways.

I think Gillis might continue on this path of looking at younger players he thinks he can develop into useful pieces, rather than going after the mature assets a la Roy. The depth moves speak to this. If those young players completely flop in half a year, maybe thats enough to get him to switch gears again and go with an older solution, but then one would have to wonder what his overall direction really is...

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