Why would the returns for our pending UFA's be different from the returns for other teams pending UFA's? It seems like the price to rent these types of players is a 1st round pick, so why couldn't we get that in return?
Honestly I would rather mail it in this season, acquire some picks and prospects for these guys, than to trade away picks and prospects to pick up a bottom 6 rental and lose in the first round anyways. That's how you become the Calgary Flames, and this team has headed down that road since the end of last season.
I'm just saying that when trading up coming UFA's at the deadline, unless you are talking Jerome Iginla types, you ain't getting much in return. We are talking Raymond and Higgins, and you certainly are not getting 1st round picks for them let alone 2nd round picks. I totally agree with your Calgary Flames nod to our management. I've been saying for awhile that Gillis is gonna manage this team into the new Flames if he isn't careful, he already has IMO. Get a bunch of cast offs and surround the Sedins with them, same thing Iginla has been getting in Calgary.
I just don't think Gillis is the visionary to mail it in this year and build for next season and the seasons after which is why this team is on its way to becoming the future mediocre Flames for the next 5 years. The terrible drafting and developing over Gillis tenure is eerily similar to that of the Flames.
There ain't a GM out there that is willing to blow up a chunk of their futures to acquire a 34 year old Luongo with that contract. The fact that Gillis does not seem to understand this is beyond me. Gillis and AV mishandled the Luo/Schneider situation last season. We should be trading Schneider for the simple reason only, that he is highly more marketable on the trade market.
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