First of all, Lashoff and Sproul are different kinds of defenseman. Sproul is an offensive defenseman, a PP quarterback. Lashoff is a defensive defenseman, a stay-at-home crease-clearer. You need a guy like Lashoff on your blue line. Often he'll be your #5, #6, or #7. That's what Lashoff is for us now. He's been doing what he's asked to do. He's also become a pretty solid PKer. So now we're going to replace him with a not-quite-ready, still-rough-around-the-edges, offensive-minded defenseman? Why not just keep Lashoff and let Sproul continue to develop? Then, when he's truly ready, he can step in and be one of those high-scoring defensemen who seem to come out of nowhere and take the league by storm, e.g. Karlsson.
As for finding a top-four defenseman who fits in cap-wise, I already did: Dan Girardi. His current cap hit is 3.325. Quincey's is 3.775. Like I said, we'd be moving Quincey for Girardi. In the summer, he'll command something around 5. Like I said, a lot of money will be coming off our books, and the cap should be going up. And if not Girardi, then someone else. Maybe Alex Edler. Either one would give us a solid top-four.
Come on, man. The NYR Rangers are going to trade Girardi for Quincey? Maybe they'll trade King Henrik for Thomas McCollum? Or Samuelsson for Rick Nash?
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