Here's an idea for a quick re-build. I just came up with this now, and I thought, what the heck, I'll post it here and see what other Habs fans think about it, so bear with me and here we go...
1) Stock up on picks for the 2012/2013 draft and draft some gems and high quality players
2) Aquire some good prospects that will be really good someday
3) Trade all pending UFAs for picks and prospects
4) Build around our young core (Price, Subban, Pacioretty, Eller, DD, Gorges, etc...)
5) Use free agency to our advantage to fill up roster gaps until our young players are ready to come in
Some Interesting Prospects
- Peter Holland (ANA)
- Ryan Spooner (BOS)
- Taylor Beck (NSH)
- Martin Marincin (EDM)
- Max Reinhart (CGY)
Well since we are making Mtl - Nash and Mtl - Clb proposal here's a new twist on the AK + Def to Nash.
Nash 1st 2012
Right to Radulov
Also based on the rumor of Mtl pushing hard for Halischuck.
Tweek as required.
Nash sacrifice some future but gets extra forward depth with playoff experience. Their Def is also much improved with Gorges signed long term at decent Cap, providing very steady defense, shot blocking, pk specialist and leadership.
Set them up for a good cup run this year and get more then just rental.
Montreal goes further into tank mode this year, but Blum and Josi are excellent D prospect ready to contribute some this year and hopefully quickly improve to as good or better than Gorges and with hopefully Radu coming over, they could benefit grealty long term.
We'd be in serious trouble if that deal had occured.
Nevermind McDonagh/Gomez, we are losing arguably our three best warriors in that deal.
Yes...the deal is bad. However, the deal also keeps us from making a lot of the deals that we've made since then.
So, there's no Gomez trade. The Halak trade can be used to grab a good dman or winger instead of a centerman. There is no midget rebuild. Higgins is gone anyways. Pleks is replaced with Koivu. McDonaugh replaces PK. Gorges is replaced via free agency.
So...there are different accounts of who was offered but I think it was along the lines of... To Tampa Gorges Subban Higgins Pleks To Montreal Vinny It's an awful deal and I'm glad Bettman stepped in...BUT what would this team look like if the deal DID go through? First off...there'd be no Gomez Vinny,Koivu,Lang at center. Not bad. Top 6 wingers Ryder Kovalev Kosty Tanguay Bottom 6 wingers Sergei, Guillaume, etc... AT D there would be no PK or Gorges, but there would be McDonaugh who can soften the blow of losing PK. Gorges as good as he is is replaceable (at least at the time). Problem is Vinny's contract would hurt us but with him, there's no midget rebuild, there's no Gomez, we get the big 1st line centerman we have needed for years... My question is...if we did land Vinny, do you think this team would be better off right now?
I don't think so. I draw a parallel with Alex Rodriguez: The NY Yankees are stuck with a diminished, highly paid ex-superstar with a long contract.
With this trade & the Ribeiro & Gomez trades, I'm wondering how Gainey crossed the street everyday and not get run over?
Originally Posted by hockeyfan2k11
My question is...if we did land Vinny, do you think this team would be better off right now?
Yes we would be better off, because we would have picked first overall at the draft the last three years: Hall, tavares & Stamkos would have been our picks. Wait! I take back what I said about Gainey. He's a genius.