McCarty is probably #1 on my list of Red Wings I'd like to have a beer with
I HAVE had a beer with him. He used to regularly come into the main bar I frequented in college. You'd be disappointed. He's a wastoid. It would be like having drinks with Jake "The Snake" Roberts (i.e. better in theory than in fact).
I don't want to go through them all, so I'll respond to just a couple of your assessments.
I disagree that Ottawa is better. They lucked their way into the playoffs, on the back of an insane goalie performance, after sucking all year. Hammond falls back to earth and the Sens go back to the cellar next season.
Panthers and Blue Jackets BOTH make the playoffs next season. Boston and Pittsburgh drop out.
There are a number of different scouting reports, talent analyses, and game recaps which all explicitly call his skating into question. He was able to produce a lot in the AHL, despite of his slowness, because it's a much slower league. The NHL isn't.
Unless he's a can't miss top line player, I'd ALWAYS trade an unproven third line winger with question marks in his game for something better.
Pulkkinen, 2016 2st, and Kindl/Smith (or something comparable) to Winnipeg for Dustin Byfuglien. Upgrade the 2nd to a 1st if completely necessary.
I guess if they're planning on making Z the first line center, Sheahan the 2C, and Richards the 3C, then I'm fine with it...I guess. I mean, he did just have similar season to Sheahan...except for the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
I think you're taking my posts a little too seriously. Given my long standing love of Drew Miller, and my long standing criticism of Holland's "stand pat" strategy, I thought that would have been clear. Apparently not.