The problems is McPhee is too risk averse. He will go into the season with more glaring holes (wing) and then try to patch it up at the deadline with some average player. He should address the team now, we have the cap space. Sign Semin, at least attempt to trade for Ryan. If you only care about keeping every nut, we are basically just rebuilding continually and probably will never take a real chance at the Cup.
After 6 years of trying the Wing with no ****ing Center.
I know, and Riberio is not a commitment. He probably thinks MoJo can become the 2C, which is false. MoJo will never score 80 points ever, he's not at Rib's talent level and never will be. What then (next year)? So we have an average 2C and a rookie winger (forsberg). That's sounds just like a cup winning team there.
Alex Semin doesn't hold the key to this franchise's success. They failed with him and they're just as likely to fail without him.
I'd rather have him on the second line than a couple of grinders. Rib is used to playing with talent, that is why he racked up those assists. He's not a goal scorer, he's no Malkin or Crosby. He's a setup man.
If it doesn't work out trade him for a ****ing pick.
This. The free agency this year has shown how (at least with the fans) that there's plenty of people that will change their stance on a player when they lose out on the grand prize(s) and still need to re-tool their teams.
FFS, people are looking at AK74 as a solid addition at this point.. As long as McPhee doesn't get abused on the term/cap-hit (which we all know he's afraid of), what's the problem?