Hockey Widow wrote: ↑Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:10 pmHockey Widow wrote: ↑Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:21 pmSounds like Benning is very active on the phones. Says it's too early to tell what will unfold TDD. He was responding to a question about, now that Gudbranson is re-signed and Tanev is hurt, does he expect to be busy TDD. I expected a no but he seemed to indicate that there is a lot of talk setting the groundwork. Which doesn't necessarily translate into deals I know. But it does indicate that there are players other than Vanek he is considering moving.
He emphasized a couple of things.
1) he likes our depth throughout the organization on D hinting that there is room to trade from strength there.
2) he prefers hockey deals to TDD deals and that is his focus. If he can manage a good hockey deal most players should be considered available.
3) he loves picks and is definitely looking to add picks for this year's draft.
On Tanev, he is shopping him, listed all the reasons he is of value leading with his ability to mentor younger D and making his D partner look better. But, if GMs inquire he will listen. Doesn't believe his injury status necessarily precludes GMs from being interested if it comes to that.
On Tanev he ISNT shopping him!!
The logjam is on the left side defense. One of Hutton, Del-Zotto, or Pouliot can be traded. Pouliot can play both sides and Del-Zotto mentors the young Ds. The most logical choice is Hutton.