i don't really want to trade for any #1 center right now, let stepan play see what he can do this year....let anisimov develop another year see what numbers he puts up
2 years and drury/ec/roszival(cap space) are gone then we go after a true number 1.....
as much as id love to win a cup this year or next i just think our chances are very slim....in 2 years this team can be a legit contender if our blue line continues developing and some prospects (grachev, mza, stepan) pan out
then we add a few key fa and we can compete with the best
With the current cap issues, I'd be flat out amazed if they acquired a #1 center. What I'd imagine they're targeting is someone who is experienced, and doesn't look out of place on the first line between Frolov and Gaborik.
What #1's are even rumored to be available?
Savard? PCS. No-go there.
Richards? Maybe, but ridiculously expensive and would require a lot of assets going back to Dallas.
Ribeiro? Possible, but someone mentioned to me he was no longer on the block.
Spezza? Staying in Ottawa.
Tim Connolly? Also broken. Makes no sense to have 2/3rds of our top line be so injury prone.
Stephen Weiss? He's the only real option, but I don't think he's a #1.
Pickin's be slim. Unless something comes out of left field --like Patrick Sharp being put back on the block -- I don't see any signs.
Someone would have to want Rozsival real bad to make that work because Redden isn't going anywhere and what comes to mind more than anything else is Vinny Le Cavalier and his $7.727 mil cap hit until 2019-20. In its own way though that is as toxic a contract as Redden's is so maybe that's who they have in mind.
after our season opener, Stepan will be an experienced #1 center
Seriously though, what magical trade could Sather pull off to land a #1 center without over paying which is totally against his M.O. We have a pleth of spare parts (much better spare parts than in the past) to pawn off but I'm not so sure how likely it will be for Slats to strike lightning again. Then again Joe Thornton was traded for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and Brad Stuart. I think a modern day equivalent would be like getting Ryan Getzlaf or Eric Staal for Dubinsky, Christensen, and Girardi (EC being the only spare part IMO) which seems like a better package than what Boston got for Big Bird. But that won't happen because Karmanos and the Samueli's aren't cheap skates like Jacobs. Getzlaf and Staal already have pretty nice long term deals.
So this takes care of everybody that is still in camp. No there still is the matter of removing 4 million plus off the cap. I'm just curious how everyone see's this shaking out because the math just doesn't add up plus what we've been reading about going with youth. Now we hear about this potential number one center trade, and personally unless its Brad Richards this trade won't be for a number one center because there aren't anymore available besides him.
Lecavalier has ntc and just got gagne he's not waiving it.
Thornton most likely extension
Stastny - no way/ no how
Spezza? - really doesnt make any sense
so barring any trades and even if we don't tender contracts to those here on tryouts, we still have quite a few nhl caliber players that needs to either be moved/waived and I just want to know how everyone see's this shaking out.