Diehard1 wrote:Just as the headline states - what would you do if you were Gillis? Here are my thoughts (yep, there are a few of them):
1) Trade Luongo - notice I didn't say try to trade him, I said trade him. This circus has gone on long enough, good on Lu for not making it worse but he wants to go and he's not necessary anymore. Gillis should take the best offer on the table, whatever it might be, and move him while getting a decent backup for injury cover in return. Don't need this distraction during the playoffs, wondering who might start the next game if Schneids looks shakey one game (and he will, goalies always do).
2) Try to trade Ballard - and this time I mean try, you don't have to do it but it might be a good idea. We all know he's as good as gone in the summer as he's redundant with Garrison, Hamhuis and Edler ahead of him on the left side, never mind the fact his salary is high. He's not all that valuable but if you can get something for him and replace him with a depth guy for this year you do it, if not you try to trade/buy him out in the summer. I'd get rid of Ballard over Booth simply because Booth fills a need (LW with Raymond and Higgins both UFA) more than Ballard does, even though Ballard has been better this season.
3) Find another top 9 forward - ideally this is a center, but a guy who can play center or wing would be fine. He needs to be able to take faceoffs, preferably is a left handed shot and has a little bit of offense. The biggest lift the top 9 will get is Kesler's return in a few weeks, other than that the depth on wing is very good when healthy.
Diehard1 wrote:4) Trade one of Higgins/Raymond - This assumes everyone is healthy, or close to it. I say this because I hate losing assets for nothing, and there's no way Gillis signs both. I'd offer one a contract and see if you can sign him, then trade the other. Ideally you keep Raymond because physical wingers in Jensen and potentially Laganiere (if signed) are close to the NHL.
Uncle dans leg wrote:Status quo. It's a huge waste of resources going for rentals that rarely solve a teams problems. If Morrow, Iggy and Murray walk, Pittsburgh is out a 1st, 2 2nds, a 5th and their top prospect. Wow
Luongo is an excellent insurance policy and if you're going to get peanuts, what's the difference between this summer and now?
I hang on to Raymond, Higgins, Lapierre. Depth is depth and they're playing good hockey. Try to resign in the summer or replace them when there's other UFAs to pick from.
The_Pauser wrote:Totally agree! Luongo needs to be traded no matter what. If the best offer is a 7th round pick, let's move a top 5 goalie for that. We have too much talent and we need to come back to the pack a little bit. Let's throw in Alex Burrows and the Sedins too while we're at it.
Diehard1 wrote:The_Pauser wrote:Totally agree! Luongo needs to be traded no matter what. If the best offer is a 7th round pick, let's move a top 5 goalie for that. We have too much talent and we need to come back to the pack a little bit. Let's throw in Alex Burrows and the Sedins too while we're at it.
You know what Gillis should do? Hang on to Lu for the next 5 years, because somebody's going to make a better offer right? He's getting younger and better right?
If you haven't had a good offer in the close to a year he's been on the market you aren't getting one. Move on.
This is a great reply by the way - you're the guy who always criticizes other opinions but won't make your own, for fear of being criticized back. Feel free to write down what you would do.
herb wrote:HW, it's time to move on from Bobby Luo, from the perspective of both sides.
Schneider is younger, cheaper and better. Any potentially "better" return from trading Schneider as opposed to Luongo is negated by Schneider's younger, better, cheaper qualities. Not to mention Luongo has been shown to have a nasty case of the playoff yips.
Time to move on, if for no other reason than we can stop talking about this! Jesus!