Gilroy has not been all bad - agreed
He is not young - agreed
Jovocop is not the optimal solution - agreed
But I think this is the road Glen Sather will take - pls read my OP
So, you're trading a 2nd round pick, a 26 year old dman who's just starting to get it and is, at this point, our only PMD, and a promising 21 year old dman for a player you admit is not the optimal solution. Good idea.
Just out of curiousity, what in Glen Sather's recent history makes you think that any of these deals are ones he would make?
Girardi, Christensen, and Drury for Jovocop and Hanzal.
This almost worse than the drury proposal by the OP. Only thing separating this one from the drury one is that one is completely unreasonable. This one is a few steps below that.
Drury isn't going anywhere. Get over it. Not happening. Why would phoenix take on his salary? Because they like us? Because Maloney is there? LOL. Do you people think these through? Phoenix have struggled on the economic side of things, and granted their situation is better, there is no way this would look good if they took on drury. Nor do they actually have any need for him.
And we're also going to deal arguably our most reliable defenseman for the over the hill Jovanovski. He isnt "Jovocop" anymore, just an average defenseman. But I know how much people love the marquee name and their past success as opposed to what they're doing lately.
Chris Drury for Thomas Fleishmann and Jonas Holos...Drury won't waive and the Avs just got TF
Ranger 2nd + Matt Gilroy + Thomas Kundratek for Jovocop....waaaay to much and Yotes are going to try and make the playoffs so I doubt he moves
Evgeny Grachev + future considerations for Jiri Hudler...Hudler adds cap space and well he stinks this year so no.
Erik Christensen for a 6th somewhere..........they won't give him a way. Maybe in the offseason to clear cap space but with Gabby not scoring EC may get another chance.........I would package him in a deal at the deadline cause I think he has value with one more year left at just over a million but it will be a 2nd/3rd rounder plus EC for a rental Dman to play the PP alla McCabe
Usually that's the case when you're comparing a 26 yr old to a 20 yr old, unless that younger player is a superstar.
Hudler has had one "good" year, and even that is used lightly when you consider the quality of the team he's on, and the fact he's making $2.85 mil.
Majority of this board has soured on Grachev because he's not the shiny new thing anymore, but there's no reason he can't be a 30 point player in a year or two at 1/3 the cost of Hudler.
If Grachev is to be a 30 point player in a year or two, than he is worth nothing, unless he becomes a defensive whiz. If 30 points in a few years is his upside, deal him now, if someone still has higher hopes.
Stepan is a legit NHLer. I'll be surprised if Kreider isn't one, so we are ahead of the normal curve around here.
Hudler is not even a question of talent (well he kind of is) but the higher question is can he even be trusted? He bolted from the best team in hockey at the time to play in the KHL because they we're willing to give him the money he oh so desired, Then his KHL team met the kaibosh and he came crawling back to the wings and is not doing himself any favors these days, Why even bother with him?
Crawling back to the wings is not an accurate statement at all.
He had no choice but to play for Detroit if he wanted back in the NHL due to the Arb. Award. The Wings owed his rights.
As a young man, you have a choice. You can play the next 2 years here for 5 million? OR play the next 2 years in your home country for 10 million?
Even if he only played one year back home, he still made as much there in that one year than the Wings were going to pay him over two years here.
I do not begrudge him that. I applaued him for it. It was a smart move for him.