And this season, he could revert back to being a 50 point player...or less.
If we're that desperate, I'd prefer to get Iginla over Whitney or Doan.
and i'd prefer malkin but that doesn't mean we can pry away him in a trade. what makes you think that calgary is gonna trade iginla without getting major pieces to jump start their rebuild in return?
whitney and doan might not be the best options but they would just cost $$ on short term deals until we can land the 'better' options. and if you add 20+ goals each from whitney and doan, get a bounce back year from dubi, plus full year from kreider. suddenly our offense and depth isn't much of a problem since adding 20 goals to last years total would have jumped us up to 5th
Whitney and Doan are free agents, Iginla would cost assets plus the Flames aren't trading him anyway
I am aware that both are free agents, but of the three, Iginla has consistently been a 30+ goal scorer, 60-80 points + player, and he'd be 35 next season.
Trade rumors actually heated-up this season. I say we go after FAs. If that doesn't work, go after Ryan, Nash, etc. That's to no avail, inquire about Iginla. And when push comes to shove, I guess get Whitney and Doan.
Adding one second line point producing forward in free agency would help out our power play and forward depth so much that I really, desperately hope that it happens. In my opinion it's the only move we really need to make.
Doan is Mr. Phoenix Hockey and if he didn't go anywhere when they were a joke he's not going anywhere now that they're good and he's 35. Whitney would be great, though. The big thing with him is that he'd probably only want a one year deal. Remember when we signed Frolov, he was disappointing, and it didn't matter too much because he was still able to play okay NHL minutes and he wasn't a part of the long term plan? One year deals are great.
I'm weird and I really like PA Parenteau as a complimentary piece, but I think he gets more money/years from a team with less to lose than us.
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If Pit gets one of Suter/Parise, Philly gets Ryan/Nash, and we get Doan... that's just terrible.
It's a little convoluted as to why I disagree with you, but let me try to lay it out. Start with the assumption, based on last year's regular season and playoff finishes, that the Rangers are better than those two teams. This isn't necessarily true, but with a lack of evidence to the contrary, we can go with it.
The Flyers are a team that plays exactly to the sum of it's parts. So are the Penguins. The Rangers, on the other hand, are a team that plays greater than the sum of it's parts. The Flyers and Penguins can leap frog the Rangers by adding a significant piece. The Rangers can maintain their place in relation to the other two by adding a lesser piece, because that lesser piece is going to have a greater impact within the roster, boosting the entire team in the process.
Hockey is a sport where just because a team gets another star doesn't always mean it'll work out. Chemistry is very important as well as guys being able to play with each other and being slotted in the right opportunities.
All those horrible Rangers teams from 98-04, when the Avs got Kariya and Selanne in the early 00s, Buffalo with Ehrhoff/Leino/Reghr are all examples of teams that looked great on paper but didn't do didley squat when push came to shove.
Philly can get Ryan but it doesn't help their goaltending or defense and what are they going to give up? No guarantee Pittsburgh gets both those guys and if the cap goes down, they can have fun figuring out that mess.
This will improve our team immensely IMO
Even if Gabby is out first half of year
Hagelin is now in from scratch
As is Staal
Stepan, AA, McD, MDZ are still developing and should get better
Dubinsky, Boyle and Richards might all possibly rebound a bit from last year