Hello all, I'm from the Pens insane asylum and we're all in a frenzy over a random rumor that somebody heard about us having interest in your elder staesman, Ray Whitney. We all seem to think that he's the answer to opur PP woes and that he's the trade deadline piece that makes us ready to try and repeat.
Two questions from the people who would know (you guys):
1. Is Whitney the type of player that would gel on a team like the Pens and help us push for another Cup?
2. What would you guys want to get him or more speciifcally, what do you think management would ask for to get him?
Thank for any input you can give, as I'm curious what your take might be. Good luck to you guys and hats off for giving older Staal the "C". Hell of a player and he's acting like it since he got the new letter on his sweater.
Either a first rounder, or a second plus a young roster player/ decent prospect. I am not sure how many times I have said this haha, it seems like every thread on our forum. As for your first question, Whitney could gel with anybody, he makes some crazy slick passes and his stick handling is awesome.
i think ray will get a first rounder or a legit almost ready prospect.
If Rutherford waits long enough or a team, like the Canes did with Weight, decides to get the jump on everyone else, it's certainly possible. With the later trade deadline this year meaning less adjustment time for rental players, there may be a better chance of of someone pulling the trigger early.
It doesn't hurt either that 8 teams are currently separated by no more than 2 points for the final 2 playoff spots. Always good to have that many potential buyers in the Eastern Conference alone, which is probably going to be Whitney's preferred destination.
Always good to have that many potential buyers in the Eastern Conference alone
I think this is why a team will trade (what fans consider to be an overpayment of) a first rounder at the very least to get Whitney. For what common wisdom says is a legitimate and consistent scoring threat who makes his linemates better, and a cap hit fits in with darn near any team, there is going to be a lot of competition for his services. That will only serve to drive his trade value a lot higher than what people would normally think.
With absolutely no offense to the original poster, I think the thing that fans of these buying teams always forget is that they aren't the only ones shopping. It isn't about what Whitney is worth to the other team...it's about what is being offered to the Hurricanes for Whitney, and whether your team is even in the ballpark with its offer. This how an overpayment comes calling, and it's why you can forget about your 2nd+AHLer even being considered...unless that AHL player is someone that the Canes management is overvaluing, of course.
The more Whitney keeps producing, the more I think that a first-round pick becomes the floor offer, and then it's a matter of whose first pick is the most attractive.