Mittens did score 20 goals last year, so maybe he would garner a little interest? I don't know, but it's not as if we could pass him off as a great player, but he does kill penalties rather well. We could probably get him for a 3rd rounder at the deadline? (Or I can hope that we can)
What happens this summer will dictate heavily what we do at the deadline, I'm hoping Fletch will sell off a lot of players at the deadline if we're out of it. I can see it happening, but the only problem is we don't really have NHL-ready forwards to step right in. It will be an interesting summer, and we'll have to see how HCTR coaches for another year.
We have a ton of reasonable tradable pieces if people would stop being attached to players and let them go. Nolan comes to mind. But Brunette, Miettinen, Backstrom (if he waves his contract), Kobasew, Sheppard (junk for junk), Gillies, Burns, Zidlicky, could all be tradable.
Brunette and Burns, possibly Gillies are the only players out of that list I'd consider more tradeable than Schultz.
-The problem is trading Brunette in the offseason would probably piss off too many fans & definitely won't help with a Koivu extension.
-Trading Burns would be selling low right now, so unless he generates a great return, he's core.
- Gillies is probably available for the right price (which wouldn't be terribly high), but we don't have much in the way of prospects at forward.
As for the others:
- Mittens could probably be traded to a team with cap room looking for 3rd line depth. Probably the same for Kobasew.
- Sheppard isn't going to return anything worthwhile.
- Good luck getting Backstrom to waive his NTC, then good luck trading his $6m salary.
- Zidlicky has a NTC for 1.5 years. See Backstrom.
This makes Schultz one of the most likely to go. It'll be a lot easier to find a FA to bridge the gap between Schultz & the prospects on defense than it will be to further deplete Minnesota's razor thin depth up front.
I'm not attached to any player, just being realistic.
buddy are you kidding me? brent burns career high in points is 43, and bieksa's career high in points is 43 aswell. and in the past 2 years brent burns has only played 106 games when kevin bieksa has played 127. so, when you add raymond to the deal wow... more like it's over payment by the canucks
The newer one isn't as bad but somehow makes less sense:
Wait a sec, so we're supposed to undo the Barker - Leddy/Johnsson trade (minus Johnsson), give up our first round pick, take on Campbell's GIANT salary, and all we get for it is Versteeg and what's basically a high 2nd round pick?
This doesn't make an ounce of sense to me. If our first round pick is involved, Sharp better be coming back.
I'm pretty sure I had an aneurysm reading through that.