BTW, why don't we give Strome a shot before we regret picking him over Hamilton, a guy who also has yet to play an NHL game. I understand that we need defense, but we should have a good opportunity to address that this offseason.
I really wasn't knocking Strome, I liked the pick at the time. It's just that afterwards, our inability to get even Ehrhoff (and the prevalence of no-trade clauses) highlighted that the draft may be our only avenue to obtain top-tier defensemen. Everyone needs top-4 defensemen, but other GM's are holding onto them, even the ones out-of-favor(i.e. Ballard, Komisariak). My comment was just hindsight musing.
It's understandable. However we'll have a pretty good opportunity this year to fill that void. Murray is one of the best D-prospects available since the 2008 season when Doughty, Pietrangelo, Bogosian, Karlsson, etc. were drafted. He would instantly become our best prospect. Add to that we have so much cap room, a substantial amount more than what we had last season when we attempted to sign Ehrhoff. Now there are players like Suter and Wideman available who IMO are both better players.
I can't see Snow not making a play for one or both of them, and if the money is right anything is possible. Who knows how much either of these guys value their contract more than they value going to a contender. Depending on what the dollar amount offered is, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them convinces themself that the NYI will be a contender in the near future.
Anything is possible. Even if we end up adding Murray and a guy like Sarich our defense will be 10x the defense it was last season.
ill remind you the next time you get annoyed with one of us
Haha, don't forget I have the ability to send you on a forced holiday from the HF Boards.
To get back on topic, I'm pretty much expecting the Isles will to pick a forward again this year. I hope I'm wrong.
I was thinking about the Draft last night and this is my dream scenario. The Isles win the Draft Lottery and the final order is this:
The Isles trade the pick to Montreal for the 3rd overall, the 33nd overall, and next year's 1st - the new GM Patrick Roy wants his boy Grigorenko. Then the Isles trade the #3 overall pick to Toronto for the 5th, 35th, and something else because they want Galchenyuk to be their long desired #1C. At #5 (let's face it, this is OUR pick) they draft Dumba. They package the 2nd rounders to get back in the first and take Dalton Thrower or Tom Wilson. Montreal falls apart Columbus style next year and we get Nathan MacKinnon as JT's RW for the next decade or so. Would be nice...