Would you trade the 1st overall to San Jose for Ryan Clowe and Douglas Murray?
Or trade Linus Omark and a second for Matt Martin in Long Island?
I bet you would have to think twice about it....
I wouldn't touch the San Jose trade and NYI won't do the Omark trade.
If Tambo can't acquire some 'bite' without trading the 1st overall, same with acquiring top-4 D-man, then he's really in the wrong profession.
Douglas Murray is a #4-5 D-man and Ryan Clowe is a powerforward who's effectiveness is going down (as is his footspeed), and we want to trade the best goal scoring prospect since Stamkos to get him?
I also don't get how our top-6 is completely 'soft'?! Hall is definitely gritty, maybe not Lucic like but he can take and dish hits. Eberle nor RNH don't shy away from contact, Gagner can also take a hit and Yakupov has hit someone so hard he's shattered glass.
This whole notion of trade the pick for short term solutions doesn't make sense.
<-- Credit goes to The Nemesis.
"Bite" is so overrated. You don't need to goon it up or destroy players with big hits every game to win. Our guys just need to stick up for each other and be able to take and finish checks, which they do for the most part. Detroit and Pittsburgh aren't exactly the most physical or intimidating teams yet they are still successful.
I really hope people aren't thinking we are the next Vancouver. This team will have a lot more toughness when the kids mature.
The honest problem with our top six is Gagner. He's the only one who's legitimately "soft".
Morrow went after Nugent Hopkins, and Morrow was the one who ended up on his ass. RNH is impressively strong for a kid his size, I've been actually surprised at how many physical battles he ends up winning given his frame. He should gain another 5-10 pounds of muscle this summer and is only going to be stronger next year.
Eberle ... good luck hitting him. Too elusive.
Hall is not soft. Just reckless sometimes.
Yakupov is a tank.
Gagner and Paajarvi are legitimately soft, but MPS could be in the AHL for most of next year and Gagner could very well be gone period.