I think, once again, Gillis is not in the best position to deal.
First, Hodgson wanted out , so Gilly traded him for Kassian, which looks pretty bad these days and caught hell from the media.
Then the Luongo Bungle. Gilly decided to do things differently than the Hodgson deal, tries to play hardball and ends up changing plans and dumping Schnied for a pick, still stuck with Louie and some egg on his face, looking bad again.
Kesler let the cat out of the bag at the Olympics saying he wanted a trade. Loungo added a bit more pressure on Gilly by stating " it doesn't matter what he wants, it ain't happening ", ( I paraphrase from memory).
Now, Gilly doesn't know if he needs to get what he can get in a hurry to move the problem out the door, or play hardball trying to get full value for Kesler. Inaction will look like he's a deer in the headlights again, creating a distraction around the team again, and I think he'd be happy filling the position (2C) and getting a prospect, and maybe a pick.
I live just across the border from this media storm, and let me tell you, it's relentless. He wants to button this up.
Same with Edler. Media guys are in disbelief that Edler has not been moved yet. Rightly or wrongly, the fans and media perceive this team to be stale and time to shake it up.
That's why I think we can get it done with Weiss, (2C to adequately fill the position) Quincey, Andy, prospect (Almquist or Jarnkok) and a pick.
Gillis sounds super stressed out and ornery on the radio interviews, almost like he's taking night classes at the Brian Burke Institute of Media Relations.
That lineup can compete with anyone.
I've caught some s*** from the LGW Direspecting Faithful for this idea already, so this is the last time I'll bore you all with it. :-)
Edited by T.Low, 01 March 2014 - 01:00 PM.