This upcoming off-season has a lot of high-end talent becoming UFAs, if memory serves. I can very easily see Holland sitting on his hands at the deadline in hopes of picking up someone on July 1st, after another likely playoff exit, and signing a top 3 forward or top 2 defensman to a long-term contract.
Its an interesting option: Sacrifice some pieces of our future for a stronger shot at the Cup now (with Lidstrom, Homer, Stuart all still a part of the organization), with the possible risk of our acquisition leaving in the off-season, or go into the playoffs this year with what we have, keep the prospects, and go for a star player for cheaper in the off season to be a contender for years to come. The issue is whether years to come will include tough to replace pieces like Lids, Stuie, and Homer (regardless of what people's opinions of him are).
I guess for me it would be the kind of deal in place. Say for example we don't make a move: that means we would have had ~$6 million that we didn't use for this season meaning that we would have been in the same situation if we didn't have that space (i.e. we had $6 mil to spend and we just sat on it).
$6 mil is great for a rental player; at the end of the season that $6 mil will be right back in our hands again.
Of course it would depend on what we give up as to whether or not it would be worth it. "Experts" believe that we have one of the deepest farm clubs in the league, so i think that could give us some leeway into dishing out picks and/or prospects.
Edited by unsaddleddonald, 16 January 2012 - 06:14 PM.