I like Evander Kane but all he is at the moment is a goal scorer.. You don't trade JT for a one dimensional player.
Kane is a dominant offensive player, a mean sonofagun, strong as an ox, and still hasn't come close to his potential.
Originally Posted by SpinTheBlackCircle
Kane also hits and fights.
Joe passes and.....passes?
(I'd still ask for a little more)
I think he means defense.
I guess we'd ask for more, but if we *were* to trade JT, Kane is the type of player I'd look for. He'd be a great fit with Couture. He's big and can skate. And I'd be fine with letting Couture and Kane be spoon-fed soft minutes, I'm certain that Marleau/Pavelski could eat the tough minutes.
If someone wants to bet on this happening, I'll gladly take their money.
I'll take that bet big guy! And I would have taken it a month ago too.
This current incarnation of team teal has lost its mental prowess of breaking through the rough waters. Spoiled by poor performances that gained praise instead of criticism and previous years coasting into the post seasons.
I'd actually think not making the post season would be the best thing for em. It'll change their mindset like a slap in the face. Give them a taste of reality.
Looks like Les Nessman dropped another deuce of inane stats in this thread. But for those of you who actually watch the games, figure this. If, over the final 24 games of the season, the Sharks match their record in the last 24 games played since the first of the year, they will finish with 96 points, which would have missed the playoffs last year and may just squeak in the 8th spot this year. Given our horrible play of late, the injuries, the obvious crisis of confidence in our starting goaltender and the fact that we will be playing a lot of these remaining games against teams fighting us for the last playoff positions in the West, do you think we're more likely than not to go better than 12-9-3 down the stretch? If so, based on what? What is going to magically make us play better down the stretch? A few more home games?
Watching the Sharks right now, they do not appear to be playing anywhere near the level they were playing during the first half of the season. Unless there is a huge improvement in play or a deal or an injury return that sparks the team, I think there is a very real danger of the Sharks not making the playoffs. And if the Sharks don't get at least 2 points out of the last two games of this road trip...
Is it bad form to quote yourself in a thread? Too soon to call tonight's game in Phoenix a must win game? Sure feels like one to me.
The sad thing is, even if we do miss the playoffs, DW's response would be that we were too injured and too tired to make a difference; and that the team needs one more year to get used to each other.
Or he'll do something stupid and trade the wrong people.
He had a year where that would have actually been the smart thing to do and didn't do it. After 2008-09 when the team had one of the best starts in league history, he basically blew it up and got Dany Heatley. With Rick Nash out there, I wouldn't doubt the same thing would happen as it did then.
Instead of Ehrhoff, Cheechoo, and Michalek, it'll be Vlasic, Handzus, and Pavelski.
Can we throw in Clowe, Demers, 1st and get Yakupov too?
Swap Demers for Murray and I'm for it. We got to remember that Brad Stuart is incoming as well. If we miss the playoffs, I doubt we keep our rentals and we may even move Boyle and Niemi. Anybody that doesn't have a full clause will probably be on the table.
I would keep him if he wants to stay. Having a guy that can be plugged in at either forward or defense is good flexibility to have.
If I was the owner and this team misses the playoffs, I'm canning the GM and the coaching staff. I'd make Boyle, Clowe, and Murray available for futures and then see what's out there for others. I'd still go ahead and sign Stuart if he wants to come back. I would still avoid Rick Nash and I would see what Columbus would want for the #1 pick.