I am never okay with this. No professional sports GM (who wants to be successful) should EVER be in a position where they just "hope for the best." There has to be some logical plan, some progression, and some sort of expectation. In my mind there are really only two paths that make sense: 1) Contend for the Cup; 2) Reload so you can have a legitimate shot to contend for the Cup in the future. Just by inserting some of our own prospects onto largely the same team we saw last year we really aren't doing anything but wasting another year.
Gillis messed up big time last year, plain and simple. I still recall him talking about our offense as being good enough at the State of the Franchise event last summer, and I couldn't believe it. Low and behold our offense was our achillies heel once again. How many embarrassing playoff performances will it take before he actually gets it?
Either we go all in and try to contend (going to take a lot of moves to make this happen, so much that it's quite unlikely), or we begin rebuilding. That doesn't mean we necessarily have to blow everything up like I have proposed in some of my lineup proposals, but we need to do more than just inserting Schroeder, Gaunce and/or Lain.
I agree with you as I think most others do as well. I'm just saying I don't expect MG to make any bold moves and if he doesn't then I'm ok with seeing what the kids can do. Not thrilled, not what I want but have to go with it, or not support the team.
If what I heard, that there is a market for Ballard, and what rikster has heard, that they have a deal they like for Luongo, are true, then we see two big pieces traded which are close to 10 million. I suppose we have to wait to see what we get back in those deals. Then we will know what type of cap space we have left to play with. But everyone knows the Luongo deal, for a number of reasons, has got to be the priority.
And I can see him returning to the NYI. They have a good up and coming team that is finally starting to show promise. Now if they would take Edler too for a huge return since they are about to lose their captain maybe we get ...