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  1. Bring in Smith from Arizona for a couple of years. Solid starter then can mentor the young guys.
  2. Likely the first thing to impact our mini-makeover this summer will be the expansion draft. Unless Vegas takes a prospect like Kulak all the rest are vets that we can afford to lose and might help clearing a contract. If it's one of Bouma, Stajan or Brouwer it'll open up a spot for Klimchuk/Shinkaruk/Jankowski/Hathaway/Pribyl/Poitier and that would be a good thing going forward.
  3. I pretty much agree with you, we still have a ways to go and need to focus on a couple year out, not today. For Duchene we could likely add one of our young D, and your other choices are fine, except the Yandle/Demers ideas, which I would steer away from. Since you brought it up, and Gaudreau is essentially a Flyers kid growing up, who might they move to bring him in? I can think of 2-3 guys who would be attractive as options coming back but since I don't follow Philly I'm not sure what they might be looking for/needing.
  4. I like your thinking for the LT and the short term i.e. Jankowski and bringing in some of our top prospects. If you can get good value then it should be seriously considered. Both are at their peaks but the team is still a couple years out. I think its going to come down to the goalie situation. If BT goes out and signs a stud lt, i.e. Bishop then keep these guys and make a run for ti for 2-3 years while they still have value. If he waits for Gillies/Parsons and signs a ST stud (1-3 years) then it might be best to get younger while we can because that will fit better over the long term with the rest of the team.
  5. I love the groupings. I might disagree on a few guys, but a good way to describe the situation.
  6. That's probably even better, with Parsons as a back-up. That would leave McDonald and Schneider in Glens Falls... Just need to find a short-term #1 guy. Or, work-wise, perhaps McDonald to back up Gillies and Parsons to lead Glens Falls?
  7. Yes, I agree fully, and if he is not quite ready you can switch him out with Rittich. Not bringing him up is going to make the GM think he needs a #1 goalie for many years before Gillies is ready, and I believe he could jump into that spot as early as next year, later on. Having him just on the precipice may prevent a UFA signing for too much and too many years which would kill all the potential building in our young goalies. And let's not forget, we've got Parsons probably coming to the AHL next year as well.
  8. Agree the past month has been very good, but now its 6 months off and let's see how it starts up next Fall.
  9. I think you look at it no matter what, because any trade totally depends on the return you get back, but Gio is a key piece of the team here and it'll take a monster return to seriously consider. A team that I think could consider it is Edmonton, as they have a relatively short BIG window, before major cap issues and Gio is the type of leader/1D they still lack. Plus, they've got some great young talent e.g. Puljujarvi that they wouldn't miss but still might develop into a star like the Iginla trade from way back when.
  10. Yes I agree Cross. I can't recall any Anaheim goal where we're looking back and saying, "yeah, terrible D coverage". They had some great shots, some lucky bounces and some less-the-stellar Flames goaltending for offence. We've got a solid top4 D (w?Stone) plus lower level options arriving imminently. Focus elsewhere.
  11. Agree with a lot of the views here on potential major trades. Unfortunately I don't think our management is up to it, rather wanting to be "loyal" and make a few tweaks... and, unfortunately disregarding a lot of potentially very good prospects. Personally I believe the only guy we have that has a big growing upside is Tkahuk, and to a lessor extent Bennett. Therefore I'm thinking the only way to make a big jump in performance is bringing in new guys and letting them grow, like Pittsburg was forced to do last year. If we continue next year the same theme of past-prime Bartkowski, Vey, Bouma, Stajan, Engelland, Chiasson, Versteeg(OK, he was good), Elliot, Johnson, and etc instead of perhaps Jankowski, Poirier, Klimchuk, Mangiapanne, Andersson, Kylington, Hickey, Gillies, Rittich and etc I'm not too hopeful of significant improvement over what we got this year. That's not bad, but frankly, "not bad" isn't what I'm really hoping for.
  12. Yes, I agree. Look, Gaudreau is perhaps our best player, certainly the most famous. Any trade would be a blockbuster and we'd have to get quality for quality with the primary motivation likely being something other than pure hockey skills (i.e. he wants to go East). I just believe he (nobody) is untouchable and with the ease that Anaheim has twice pretty much shut him down come playoffs we should definitely consider options. I thought Ferland was a great top line addition late-season for the Flames and it definitely opened up the ice for Gaudreau, and diminished some of the cheap shots against him, but it is not enough. Perhaps a better solution is focusing on building up alternatives, i.e. the Bennett line so that teams can't put all their defensive eggs against Gaudreau's line. The Backlund line was great all year and I believe needed as a shut down line so much that their offence fell off come playoffs, so getting a better shut down option would also help. Improving the bottom half of the D would do a lot for that issue sooooooo........ maybe keep Gaudreau and just continue to shore up the weak spots will open things up for everyone? Lots to consider, we definitely still have a few major holes and I look forward to the upcoming changes.
  13. I'm not giving up on him, just acknowledging that playoffs are more physical with less ice all across the league. Given that a different type of superstar might be more attractive. Saying that, TBL did alright with a tiny guy so there is definitely more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak.
  14. We are well-positioned for the expansion draft. Almost every single exposed player is expendable, as long as we don't sign a bunch of guys prior to it. Stajan, Brouwer, Bouma, Bartkowski and McCollum are the only vets exposed, plus a few prospects like Poirier.. The way it is going The expansion draft is probably going to make us stronger by moving out a lower end vet and opening up a spot for a prospect.