I get the kicking the can down the road logic. But I think it's short-sighted is all. You have a team with an owner that may not have money to field a team soon. You might not know what will happen but you are handling your risk like it's house money. Maybe Lou leaves and it is, who knows.
But 2 years off of a prospect is tremendous, yes. But I'll take a rookie you wanted in the 1st round instead of year 3 of Steve ott or whatever he turns into.
The pick isn't the issue. It's the risk you are giving yourself. Year 3 doesn't necessarily have to yield anything and now you have to lose a pick you have no control over.
They should have let lou pick all 4 years and then pick which prospect to put back into the draft or something. That would be a site.
No one is saying that Matteau is useless, it's just that when you have the 29th overall pick, odds are you won't be selecting any lower then that in the next 2 years. With a aging roster, our HOF goaltender probably hanging them up next year, Parise who was unwilling to sign a extension, a **** loads of UFA to sign in 2013 and our crappy record to keep our own players when reaching UFA status, etc, etc, etc... The safe choice would've been to hand that pick to Bettman.
For the debate of having Matteau earlier then the prospect of 2013 or 2014, that might be true but like you said, I'd rather have a middle range pick (or higher) that will bring more to the table down the road then a high pick that will "help" us out sooner but won't bring as much contribution.
You and I share the same opinion and that's just fine. We might be wrong and Matteau might turn out to be a steal at #29, who knows, but to act like a know it all ala Getzo is probably one of the reasons I've been avoiding this site for the last couple of months.
Licking a players ass for months is ok (Larsson for example) but when someone has something negative to say about one of our own, you are tagged as a rambler. Everyone has a opinion and if someone disagrees for whatever reason, you should be able to voice your thaughts... Period.
I really like that Severson pick. He's just another asset for our defence and could help us move someone like Urbom or possibly Merrill in order for us to add a stud forward via trade ala Rundblad for Tarasenko.
I really think USA screwed up not even inviting Boucher. Galchenyuk's the only guy on the team who's a threat to score from anywhere. Gaudreau and Grimaldi can be great setup guys but there's no one to SCORE.