Ferraro has no future here...Glendening and Callahan have passed him in the system so far as 4th "grit" players go...so he'd probably welcome a trade. If the Caps will take him and a pick (I agree that a 4th or maybe a 3rd) should do it. If the Caps insist on a guy like Tatar or Jurco, then I'll say no thanks and take my chances that Marchenko is ready to be a puck moving RH defenseman.
Quincey was NOT the "worst player on last year's blueline". Far from it...he was actually very solid the 2nd half of the year defensively. Lashoff and Kindl were worse...much much worse. Kindl took a giant step backward last year.
We have three RH DMen at GR....Marchenko and Jensen are 2nd/3rd pairing types and are ready or close to it. Sproul has a chance to be a top pairing guy, but he needs at least another year at GR. I'd be fine with waiving bye bye to Kindl and Lashoff if Marchenko and Jensen look ready in camp.
I said earlier this year I'd be good with re-signing Quincey if the price was right...a two year deal for 8.5? Close enough for me....
And no...Quincey isn't as bad as most of you think..he probably plays the body around the cage (position and leverage vs a stick in the ribs) better than anyone on the roster. Is he an offensive dynamo? no...he is not, but he isn't the disaster most people portray him to be
Didn't say big equals unskilled...I said "fighters" in today's NHL are basically numbskulls with little skill. And that's largely by design. I don't define "tough" as fighting. I think tough is winning the battles in the corners and between the dots. How many shots did we take from the left point? How many shots did Boston take between the dots? They got there by being stronger and paying the price. That's what irritates me the most about Franzen. the big Mule...230 or so lbs and he plays like a 185 lb guy from France.