It's funny, when you take away everything else, we're a bad team that's not doing anything to get better. It's like if you've been sick for three weeks but you won't see a doctor because things will "sort themselves out."
It's pretty simple... We need to get better defensively. Sadly, trading for a defenceman is too bold for old MacT.
listening to Stauffer at lunch. He thinks our biggest need is #2 center. He does not think that we would be trading one of RNH, Hall, Eberle, or Yak. He also thought we should be using our top 5 pick. Nurse and Klefbom are the future on the left side defence.
The only real asset I can think of moving is Petry. Bob talked about not being sure Petry would "get there".
IMO,Petry probably has a pretty high trade value at the deadline. Might even get us a Braydon Schenn.
I used to be on the #2 Center bandwagon, but my god the defensive corps is terrible.
Is there another team in the NHL that is less of a threat from the point than our boys?
Another plan! Draft Leon (gonna assume Ekblad is gone)
Gagner (15% ret) + JSchultz + 2014 3rd for Roman Josi (not sure on value, prolly not enough but for my purposes, chyea)
Sign Phaneuf 7-8m
Sign Bryzgalov for 4m
Hemsky (50% ret) + Omark + 2015 3rd (if they don't resign) to DET for Abdelkader (no idea on value)
Sign Setoguchi 2.8m
Sign Fiddler 2m
Sign Khudobin 3m
Our 2C position will still be weak but I doubt we'll get a legit 2C this offseason. So we will have to make due.
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CapGeek Armchair GM Roster
FORWARDS Taylor Hall ($6.000m) / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($6.000m) / Jordan Eberle ($6.000m)
David Perron ($3.813m) / Mark Arcobello ($1.500m) / Nail Yakupov ($0.925m)
Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) / Boyd Gordon ($3.000m) / Devin Setoguchi ($2.800m)
Jesse Joensuu ($0.950m) / Vernon Fiddler ($2.000m) / Tyler Pitlick ($0.851m)
Luke Gazdic ($0.699m) /
DEFENSEMEN Dion Phaneuf ($7.800m) / Jeff Petry ($2.750m)
Roman Josi ($4.000m) / Anton Belov ($2.500m)
Andrew Ference ($3.250m) / Taylor Fedun ($0.709m)
Philip Larsen ($1.150m) /
GOALTENDERS Ilya Bryzgalov ($4.000m)
Anton Khudobin ($3.000m)
Eric Belanger ($0.000m)
RETAINED SALARIES (1.69% of upper limit)
Sam Gagner ($1.200mó25.00%)
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(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,695,484; BONUSES: $2,850,000 CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $4,404,516
Didn't Fiddler request a trade out of Dallas at least twice due to low playing time? Why would he sign on to be a 4th line centre if that's the case?
Sign Phaneuf for 7-8 mill and Thornton for 7-8 mill lol
Oh man, I completely forgot that Jumbo Joe's coming up to free agency. It's probably because I figure there's about a 1% chance he actually reaches UFA, but if we could wind up signing him I'd be thrilled. Instantly patches up most of the biggest problems with our top 6.
Yet he added Perron, Gordon, Ference and Belov and gets no credit for this? Plus people sure were in love with Joensuu a month ago.
Go look around the league not every move by the best GM's in the league are good. How is Weiss doing in the model franchise Detroit? How is Peckham, Bickell and Bulin doing in the model stanley cup franchise Chicago? Erikkson for Seguin sure looks like a win for Boston too?
Also when did Franson become a UFA?
I believe we should NEVER trade with a bad team. All decent players we have got came from decent teams.
Crap from crap teams and if a crap team is willing to move a player then I imagine crapiest players from crap teams equal the crapiest crap that ever crapped.
Middle or worst players from a great team equal at least average or better.