Sharks get better immediately, contend for the Cup.
Its pointless because its a horrible trade. For both teams! Why would the sens trade spezza when he still has alot in the tank plus arguably had his best season yet last year (individually, his other great seasons were with a prime heatley and Alfi) with a 2nd and 3rd liner.
He's also our future captain and the only star forward on the team. And untop of that you trade our 2nd best forward, who also had his best season ever. This trade makes us worst for the next 4-5 years guaranteed. Why would any sensible GM sacrifice the next 3-5 years for this trade "possibly"making us better in the long run. I understand proposals that trade an ageing declining vet for prospects on the verge but this trade isn't one of them .
Dont see the sharks doing this,they need to get younger not try to take a weak stab at the cup.Their time for that with their older core of forwards is at an end they will rebuild on the fly ,while remaining somewhat competitive
Absolutely hilarious how the responses are at both ends of the spectrum.
''It's horrible for Ottawa''
''It's horrible for San Jose''
This trade makes San Jose the best offensive team in the league.
Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, Spezza, Michalek, Clowe, Havlat.... + Tommy Wingels and TJ Galiardi who are the bom
The defense would look like
Stuart - Burns
Methot - Boyle
Murray - Demers
which is still respectable. Vlasic is no doubt better than Methot, but I think he fits in nicely alongside Boyle. Don't ya think? Still a good D.
Thornton, Marleau, Clowe and Boyle aren't getting younger, and this would help them get a kick at the can. Without a doubt.
Spezza is 29 and still has years left in him as well.
For the Sens, I see Cowen with Karlsson long term, not Methot. Vlasic is certainly the type of player who can anchor the 2nd pair easily. Be the best player on that pair. Methot is more of a guy to complement that 2nd pair, not be THE guy on the 2nd pair.
Karlsson, Cowen, Vlasic would be sick long term.
Couture - Turris down the middle for 10 years would be sweet. Ottawa favorite.
Ottawa certainly pays for this in the short term... but long term I think the forward prospects can make up for losing Michalek.