I'm going to reserve my frustration, depression, loss of will to live, rage towards Ken Holland's existence till after July 1st.
We've got the draft upcoming - June 27, 28.
Compliance buyouts that can happen until June 30th and Free Agency that begins on the first.
This is a frustrating two weeks where the Finals are over and almost nothing but speculation can happen.
So, let's all take a deep breath and collect ourselves. Some of us are beginning to sound like frantic lunatics.
Some of us are already there.
Hell, maybe the site needs to change it's name for the week.
/voice of reason speech
I get what you're saying buddy, and we spoke about this last night. I definitely don't want to fall into doomsday land, but at the same time I legitimately feel like many of us are dangerously close to crossing the line between wanting to acquire players that help us win, and wanting to acquire players just so we don't feel like management has lost it. I'm all about the former, but believe doing nothing at all is better than than the latter. If stop gaps are all that's likely to happen, I'd prefer to see these young guys begin their careers right now. At least that will help us in the long run. Signing mediocre hacks like Stralman or Gilbert accomplishes nothing (aside from being able to say "look we signed a puckmover!"). It would be Ian White 2.0. "No need to acquire real talent like Wisniewski or Erhoff, we got Ian White and Mike Commodore and at bargain prices too!"
I'm not overly concerned about our lack of size up front. Suppose we sign Pouliot and trade, I dunno, Tatar and a pick and a prospect for Blake Wheeler. In theory, we could have...
Zetterberg Datsyuk Mantha
Franzen Weiss Wheeler
Pouliot Sheahan Nyquist
Abdelkader Helm Jurco
We also have Campbell, Nastasiuk, Athanasiou, and Nosek in the pipeline, and we might add, say, Brendan Perlini at the draft.
Do you think the Jets would take Tatar and a 3rd round pick for Wheeler? Because you've used your 1st on Perlini and we don't have a second on account of that totally sweet trade for Legwand. If that's the case maybe we can trade Smith and our 4th or 5th for Byfuglien as well lol.
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