He doesn't need to set the world on fire though. He's a good upgrade over some of the guys we have in our bottom 6.
He's a guy with a lot of offensive upside that he isn't reaching, who can be physically dominant one night and totally invisible the next. We already have one of those, and people have been killing him on here lately. A 2nd and a 4th is pretty steep to add another, especially one who's a pure rental. I'd rather keep those picks and package them for a bigger sure thing in the offseason, or use them to restock the cupboard if we deal guys like McIlrath/Thomas/Yogan/Whoever in another deal.
im contempt with what we did or didnt do for that matter, nash would have ****ed us cap wise. i love where this organization is heading and am really glad sather didnt deviate from that to add Nash, yea we could have probably gotten kostitsyn or zanon but you never know what the price for sather to acquire those guys was in comparison to the teams that did.
im confident in our guys stepping up in the playoffs and if its not our year theres always next year, this team has a nice window in front of us no need to rush it for one cup when we can be competitive for years to come.
Let me start by saying, I have been in favor of upgrading this team's offense forEVER. I've thought Dubi was overrated since after his second season and have wanted to take advantage of his inflated reputation around the league since then. And I was in favor of getting Nash (and before him, Ryan) from the moment it was rumored that he was available.
The front office gets an A. They didn't pay the ridiculous price required to get the one guy worth getting... and there WAS no one else worth getting. Given what the team has, who changed hands and what the costs were, I honestly think that had they made any significant moves I would've been less happy than where we are now.
As to the Scott acquisition, I'll start by saying I'm anti-goon... and I think it's a non-event. He's a minimum salary guy who expires at year's end. He's toughness against Boston & Philly and other than that, he likely sits. He's also a guy who, crappy as he is, provides experienced depth on defense should we be as unlucky as Vancouver was last year with injuries. In exchange we gave up a 5th, which isn't nothing - but it's easily replaceable if there's some guy hanging there in the 5th round that you think has slipped (especially since we're still flush with assets).
I wanted to upgrade the offense as badly as anyone on here. But, as far as I can tell, it wasn't an option - at least not at a reasonable price. So, we take our chances with what we have now (which is still pretty damn good), likely add Kreider and/or Erixon heading into the playoffs. And then try again in the summer for that one missing offensive piece.
I wanted to upgrade the offense as badly as anyone on here. But, as far as I can tell, it wasn't an option - at least not at a reasonable price. So, we take our chances with what we have now (which is still pretty damn good), likely add Kreider and/or Erixon heading into the playoffs - and then try again in the summer for that one missing offensive piece.
I think that sums up my thoughts perfectly. I've been absolutely pining for us to upgrade the offense, but in the end I'm not distraught that we didn't trade for Nash.