It's been a while since STastny had really good teammates. I'm interested to see what we can do. I hope we don't trade him, I'm in love with our top-9. It's awesome. I truly hope we can keep everyone after next season. Downie and Stastny will be UFAs and might be gone though.
Or we could get a player + pick if he does well enough, or another UFA skilled defender that won't re-sign or a better prospect + pick, or the really crazy part is he could do well and re-sign here.
I think people saying his return at the deadline will be less are dead wrong.
This is a little what Im worried about. I don't want to go for another UFA. At this point, im hoping the avs go for a solution to the first pairing. A UFA could end up just being an Anderson for Elliott swap where we have nothing to show for it.
I just think its going to get harder and harder to acquire a defenseman who can step in right away the longer we wait for the trade. Now, the avs may not trade him at all, or be thinking of moving ROR. Im also not advocating that we rush to trade him.
I just have a concern that regardless of how differently stas plays this year (good or bad) the TYPE of return will change, rather than the quality of it.
Traded today, I believe theres more opportunity for a hockey trade.
Traded closer to the deadline, I believe its more of a futures trade.
Oh well, lets just all hope the best possible outcome happens.