Hockey Widow wrote:I think as a franchise we are at a crossroads. MG took over a good team with a good core that had just missed the playoffs. He added key pieces that took us one game shy of a Cup. But we are now in decline.
He has a major decision to make. Does he go the Calagary Flames way, deluding himself that he is one or maybe two key pieces from winning the cup or does he deal with reality that we need to step back and do a bigger re-tool. He has reasons/excuses/justifications at the end of every year why he didn't make core changes. So did Calgary. Calgary went for it every year on the backs of Kipper and Iggy. They were deluded every year into thinking they were contenders.
Well we have been contenders and we are still in the top half of teams in the league. But we are perilously close to being like the Flames. If MG trades away the little future we have he will screw us over for years. After this year we have 4 guaranteed years left with the twins, love them or hate the. We need 2 top 6 forwards, a true 3rd line centre and a top calibre stay at home mother tucker of a d'man away from getting back to elite status. We can't get there this year with our cap restrictions. We can get there after this season once the new cap is released.
MG has to unload Booth and get one of our players with a NTC to agree to move. I think it has to be Edler. But he has to get back something sweet, like a Kane, to make it worthwhile. We have to integrate into our line up one or two of our young stars as we are not Detroit where we can wait for 4 years while they develop.
The Sedins need to either get rejuvenated with Burrows or we need to find a complimentary sniper for that line.
Kesler and Kassian seem to be developing chemistry but need another sniper for that line.
We need an Ott type to anchor our third line. We have more than enough complimentary pieces to build a solid third and fourth line from there.
To replace Edler I would love a tough stay at home net clearing asshole that can help keep the puck out of the net in the lady minute of a game.
Maybe we have the snipers coming next year, maybe not, but we had better find out in a hurry.
Good post HW. Some of this was the conversation on Sportsnet last night, good convo too.
I think this year Gillis has to make that decision before the trade deadline. If he think this core has what it takes with a couple of pieces, then he needs to go all in. He needs to pull the trigger in a big and bold way. He needs to hang on to both Horvat and Shinkaruk while he's at it.
I agree, it should to be Edler that moves, although if it is Tanev I can live with that if the return is a guy like Kane.
Booth should be moved for an overpriced bottom 6 defenseman who can do like you say, clear the net and hurt anyone who wants to get into Lou's kitchen. I say overpriced because that is likely what comes back for Booth. Think Komisarek before he was bought out. I also think that Alberts and a decent draft pick could find us someone like this.
On the subject of Booth, if Buffalo is interested in moving Ehrhoff then that needs to be explored. Booth, Gaunce, and a 2nd? A PPQB is critical, especially if Edler is moved.
A Raffi Torres type winger also needs to be brought in to replace Dale Weise, who IMO, is far too inconsistent in what he brings to the team.
I realize that some of these suggestions absolutely scream overpayment, but if Gillis thinks that this core is the one that can get it done, and by that I mean he is 110% absolutely convinced of this, then he needs to go big now, both feet, up to his eyeballs, balls out, break every personal rule he has, just get it done.....and if the team fails, then it's re-tool time and you move Luongo (assuming he's still willing) and a couple of other pieces in the summer.
And I only say go this way because, IMO, this is the last year in the "window". If we chase the dragon down the hole again next year we are two feet on the path to becoming the next Calgary Flames. One way or the other it is time to call a spade a spade and stick a fork in it come June 27th.