Mondi wrote:Herb, I like your thinking.
The team has rarely brought in proven UFA forwards. They often try the $1 million dollar project. Minnesota overspent for Parise and Sutter...but...it worked out (for now). I'd be okay with spending FA's UFA money, if it meant a couple of solid NHLers who can get you 20 goals and throw some hits.
I mean looking back Sundin, Demitra, and Samuelsson weren't so bad, were they?
Yeah. My priorities are:
1) Not having an Edmonton Oilers-esque losing culture for our young players. I'd rather be patient with our youngsters and provide them with a decent environment where they can grow into the next core.
2) Not throwing our young players to the wolves in top six roles they probably aren't ready to handle. I'd rather put veterans in those positions and make our young players earn their stripes the right way and force themselves onto the roster rather than have rosters spots given to them.
3) Building depth. Young guys like Shinkaruk, Gaunce and Fox making their way to the AHL next year will help, but management also has to do a better job of making sure Tom Fucking Sestito isn't playing in the top 9 on a regular basis.
4) Taking our veterans out of their comfort zone. Big changes mean new personalities with renewed expectations which helps to get the blood pumping.
Assuming Kesler is dealt, if there is one guy I would be willing to overpay for this off season it would be Dave Bolland. He's a decent age, versatile and plays center. I have no idea if he'd be interested in coming here, but I'd take a run at him.