If we do move him out then finding a veteran D should be the #1 offseason priority. Young up and coming talent is always good to have, but you can't have a D corp where Methot is your biggest veteran presence.
Come to think of it, even if we do keep him finding a veteran D should be our #1 priority. We need more stability on the blue line.
I doubt he stays. He'll be joining his buddies in Boston soon enough either at the deadline or in the off-season. There is just no reason for him to stay anymore unless he doesn't care about winning the cup at all.
Ya, I'd say it's safe to assume the relationship between Barry and the Sens organization is pretty toxic after last summer.
If Phillips is asking for much more than $2.5 million per season, and longer than 2 years, then trade him. He could still be okay on the 3rd pairing, and veteran experience can be valuable. But if he's looking for much more than that, no dice. Priority should be getting a legit top 4 defenceman through trade or free agency, regardless of keeping Phillips.
To acquire Phillips, Boston would likely have to surrender a top prospect and a draft pick. Current Providence Bruins forward Ryan Spooner, who has played 22 games for Boston this season, could be the prospect to seal the deal, but it's unlikely the Bruins would part ways with the talented forward.
Phillips would be their best option since the asking price won't be high. Their dream is to get Girardi but no way the bruins pay the asking price for him. No way would the bruins give up Spooner for a rental either. They should just trade us a pick and call it day like they did in the Kelly trade.
The top prospect does not have to be Spooner. If Murray sees that we are not making the playoffs I would encourage him to go for Malcolm Subban as well. Some extra goaltending depth will help us more down the road than Spooner will (even though I like Spooner a lot).
I have heard Subban's name mentioned as possible trade bait as the Bs try to wrangle a D for the playoffs.
If a trade with Boston does happen I can totally see them re-signing Phillips for a couple of more years. He is a beast in the playoffs, and they are a perennial playoff team.