I fully expect us to trade Jones, Whitney, Smid, and try move Belanger.
People will scream about picks, but then what will happen is Tambellini will go into the draft with a ~# 5 pick (we're done son), and a late 1st, a couple 2nds, and a couple thirds.
They will make moves at the draft. Trade those picks and prospects for players now.
Just because we end up with picks and prospects doesn't mean we can't flip them as currency for players next year.
Agreed, say we end up dealing Hemsky, Smid, Whitney, Jones, and Belanger:
Hemsky likely = a 1st +
Smid = a 1st
Whitney = a 2nd
Jones = a 2nd/3rd
Belanger = anywhere from a 3rd-5th
So we go into the draft with our own 1st and 2nd, Anaheim's 2nd, 2 additional 1st's, one possibly two additional 2nd's, and 1 3rd-5th or possibly two is Jones can't fetch you a 2nd.
3-1st round picks
3 or 4-2nd round picks
That is a lot of picks that could be used to draft solid players as well as trade for solid players. If we can keep 3-4 of those picks and deal 2-3 for roster help we could come out with a revamped roster.
Originally Posted by Seachd
Joe Haggerty (Bruins writer) says the Oilers have been scouting the Bruins quite a bit the last few games and speculates about Whitney.
Which would imply they're looking at something on the Bruins' roster, so maybe not Whitney.
Maybe Caron is on our radar? MacDermid and Bartkowski are the other 2 guys on recall right now. A guy like Mcquaid would be a great addition, but I don't see Boston moving too many roster guys in the midst of a potentially deep playoff push and he's currently on the shelf with a shoulder injury.
Originally Posted by Harley
Why no Fistric contract talks? Dude better get signed.
Sure sounds like Detroit has the inside track though when you read this:
"DeKeyser's from Clay Township, he went to school with Jim Nill's son, Trevor, and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill helped recruit DeKeyser to Western Michigan University...But I've heard "Wings and Lightning" from the start"
Dekeyser is more developed and has played quite a bit more hockey in the last couple of years.
When you look at his actual game though it's not at an NHL level yet - he's a tall lanky kid with a great stick but without the body to contribute much at the NHL level.
He's a bit more defensively well-rounded than Schultz, but his offensive is nothing to write home about. He's further away from being an NHL player than Schultz was when he came out of college - and Schultz is a bottom-pairing defenseman right now at ES.
Here's the thing - this team needs to stop relying on upcoming prospects as the answer on the blue line. Instead of paying each of their top-6 forwards 5M+ - why not spend the money on the blue line? As of right now our highest paid defenseman is a 4M/year Whitney - and he's playing like a 2.5M/yr defenseman right now. Why can't they spend the 4-5M on a top-pairing defenseman that other teams are willing to? How much longer are we going to have to sit and watch this team rely on rookies and prospects?