RoyalDude wrote:If we could somehow, get rid of Ballard's contract, I'd love to sign the two BC kids Garrisson and Schultz. Saying bye to Salo and Rome. Love Sami, but he is getting long in the tooth. I know Garrison is a possible dangerous overpay, in which he will get, last season could have been a one-off but he's a big kid with a big shot, young and local that I am willing to take a chance on.
I think I'd take a pass on Garrison. Last season for him was an aberration IMHO. Even he admits he was the recipient of some great feeds from Campbell. Can he get the same success with whatever the blueline looks like? Not so sure. You're right, we'd likely overpay and I think it's getting tiresome this whole take-whatever-Florida-doesn't-want show.
Schultz, on the other hand, should be pursued if Anaheim doesn't sign him. Wouldn't be surprised if the topic of working youngsters into the lineup more and better wasn't discussed between AV and MG these days. If Gillis manages to sign Schultz, then he has more assets come trading time - people like Connaughton and Sauve come to mind. Don't get me wrong. I like the potential Connaughton presents, but given a choice between Schultz and Connaughton, I would take Schultz 8 times out of ten. Gillis just has to convince Schultz that he will get more of a chance on a successful team than the other 20 some-odd teams who would tender him an offer.
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