Never seen that site before, thanks for the link. Also saw on there that the Rangers are still trying to find someone to take Brad Richards albatross of a contract, any chance the Preds have an interest? Sounds crazy at first, but if you could get them to take Goose in return it may not be that bad. We still have a buyout we can use next year to get out from under that contact. Even taking on Goose the Rangers would have enough cap room left to sign Stepan and Zuccarello, and could give us some offensive punch. Not saying I want to see it happen just thought it might make some decent message board fodder.
Do not want Richards. No way Poile gives up assets in a trade, pays Richards $9 mil this years, than hands him an $18 mil buyout next summer. I'd much rather go after Grabovski. It's encouraging to see we're in the hunt for his services.
Just remember that Grabovski was put on the expletive fourth line by his expletive coach, and expected to score expletive goals with expletive linemates.
Legwand has ALWAYS played in top 6 situations, with occasional, not frequent, success...
Legwand skated almost a whole season with Smithson and Ward and ALWAYS played against the Thornton/Toews/Crosby kinda' lines. Hardly top 6 situations or linemates. Yet, put up around 40 pts. Our last full season he put up .68/game; plus plays stellar D, kills penalties.... Grabo isn't gonna' give us that, and he's gonna' cost more.
If that's the case he may get PP time. Last year here's our list of right handed forwards with one-timers:
We went after Setoguchi for a reason.
I really like Hali, but he shouldn't really ever play on any team's PP, except for those occasions where the coach is trying to punish the scoring lines by sending the grinders out to finish off a man advantage. He just lacks the raw skill to be effective in that kind of situation.
You haven't seen the Jets PP have you? If all he does is sit in the circles and waits for a one-timer it's a massive improvement.
That's not really his game though. Most of his goals are from shots off the rush or garbage goals/hustle plays. I think his wrist shot is deceptively effective in certain situations, but he's not necessarily a fantastic shooter otherwise. He's definitely not the type to sit on the half-wall or off-wing and hit one-timers. He also seems incredibly adept at slipping behind defenders and getting sprung for breaks, despite not being that great a skater. Just an...odd mix really.
Hali reminds me of Nigel Dawes when he played with the Thrash. He worked hard and has decent skill, but he really wasn't good enough for the top-6, and wasn't big or physical enough for the bottom-6. Kind of a square peg kinda player.
So we are maybe in a select few of 5 or 6 teams in the league that do not have an elite offensive player. A common theme with all of those teams other than maybe the Preds, Coyotes and Blues is that they do not have playoff success or even reach the playoffs. The reason Preds, Coyotes and Blues do is because of our defence and goaltending. But that doesn't get you far enough in the playoffs. If you hope to win the cup then you need one or two elite offensive players on your team.
Vanek is certainly an option, but he will only be a rental and I would be hesitant to give up assets for such a player. Especially after bad past experiences with the likes of AK46 and Gaustad.
It seems as though Poile is going back to the 'score by committee' approach. Which could certainly get us to the playoffs, maybe even past the first round, but it won't win us the cup. For Poile's sake he has to hope Wilson or Forsberg turn elite pretty soon.