No offense, but do you even follow the Red Wings? There is zero chance the most loyal organization in all of sports makes such a ridiculous move... Not to mention if there is one thing this team has an abundance in, it's top end prospects. Over the next few years, we will have more NHL ready guys knocking on the door than we have spots for... And you're suggesting trading our two best players that have done everything for the organization, for picks so we can overflow the system with even more prospects?...
Also, we're really not that far away from contention. Is it likely we win the cup this year? No, probably not. Is it likely we win in the next 3-5 by maintaining the course we're on? I absolutely think so.
I do watch the Wings and I have followed then since they were called The Deat Things. Here is what I do see:
A team hovering around middle of the pack for an extended period of time.
A team that struggles to get the puck out of the defensive zone.
A team who's offense is being hampered because they all have to wait around for the puck to advance or stay in the D zone to help get it out.
A team that has had over six years to address the D in either free agency or trade and has not been able to find the right blend of value.
I see a team that is fun to watch and follow that is going to need an influx of talent within two years and because the new NHL it is tough "for us" to aquire via trade or Free Agency.
There are contending teams on the edge that DO have quality prospects that could contribute in a couple years.
How long is Hank goung to love having his lower back targeted 80 games a year without a real shot at going deep into the playoffs?
Is Pav satisfied playing withought the opportunity to go deep?
Are Hank & Pav are content, I hope they are. I really do. It's a board. it's about exchanging ides.