Ok, as of this afternoon the RW have played 49 games and have 52 points. There are 10 teams ahead of us in points, 1 team tied with us, and 3 more behind us within 5 points. We have the second fewest wins of all of those teams with 21. heck even Florida has 20! Yikes.
The plus side is, we have played the fewest games at 49 and have 23 left to go.
So the question becomes, when would you start making moves and what type? Do you buy or sell or both?
My thoughts. Even if this team is 100% healthy, it is not a SC winning team. Not enough talent to do it. Now if every other team loses their top 2-3 players due to injuries, anything can happen. If I am right, buying high priced rentals would be a mistake. Buying old vets for a cup run would be a mistake. we don't have many trade pieces as it is, so no sense wasting the parts on a futile effort.
so I would focus on selling and if the right deal comes along then buy. I would start now. No time to wait and see what we have. We know that answer to that question.
The real question is who can we move?
Alfie-value to a SC contender, if he chooses to go-2nd maybe 1st round pick...maybe
Cleary-some value to a SC contender looking for some veteran leadership-ie late round pick
Both of those guys have already passed through waivers and nobody wanted them for FREE
franzen-typing no value is redundant......
Quincey-some value to a PO bound team looking for depth on D, which is everyone. Should be able to get a 2nd round pick for him, maybe a 1st if it is in 2015
Gustavsson-some value, mid round pick if healthy
man, that is a lot of players and money without much real value. Wonder why we are struggling......
if I could move any or all of those guys, do it! If nothing else lets the young kids play more down the stretch. Also adds more picks that can be used for bigger/better deals over the summer.