I could see Burke approaching Dallas about an offer sheet. I can't see Dallas really wanting the picks as their recent UFA signings indicate they want to win now. However, like the Kessel deal I can see Burke arranging a trade for Benn, rather then offer sheeting him as an alternative for Dallas.
The fact Benn has not signed yet is a bit interesting, maybe hes asking for more money? Maybe he wants to play in a Canadian market? Who knows.
Still don't understand the point that is trying to make though.
How much worse could the team have been had they done absolutely nothing except play the players left behind by JFj, considering they were 2nd. worst in the league after signing UFA's, making trades etcetera. Two of those players have not played in the NHL, Vorobiev and Komarov.
Then you add into the prospect ranks the prospects that could have been drafted, in the top 3 over the past 3-4 years. Those picks could have included two-three of Stamkos, Tavares, Doughty, RNH, Hall, Seguin, Yakupov along with the picks from subsequent rounds.
A tank would have been easier, and results not a great deal worse with much less cost.
Benn would solve our #1C problem and would work well in Carlyle's system, but I'm pretty sure Dallas matches anything. He's the future of the Stars franchise. Not to mention Burke has already said that offer sheets are last resort for him and even then, he'll let the team know about his intentions.
Of course, that is if the world is coming to an end, hell freezes over, the Blue Jackets win the Stanley Cup, and Eklund is right about something.
Maybe threaten to offer sheet while trying to work out a trade?
Along the lines of MacArthur + 2nd FOR Benn
I would do it in a heartbeat...Benn can play center and has the size we are looking for, plus is young enough that he can contribute in 3-4 years when we are contenders (hopefully lol)
I doubt that gets you Benn. He is much more valuable than Mac and a 2nd. Maybe a 1st and 3rd instead of 2nd, or Mac and Kadri. Not sure, but I don't think Dallas has any thought of letting him go anywhere.