I don't want to bring in a d unless it's a clear upgrade. Petry isn't. I'd rather go with what we have and let a rookie play.
I look at it this way. While Petry isn't necessarily an upgrade over Kindl, he's a RH defenseman that is at least on par with Kindl.
As Petry's not signed for next year, if he isn't what we're looking for... it's pretty easy to just say, "Thanks for the playoff support, see ya around."
So trade Kindl to EDM in order to free up a roster spot for next year.
Kronwall - Ericsson
Dekeyser - Quincey
Then, whether it be an outside more "splashy" FA signing, re-upping with Petry, or promoting a rookie to the active roster full-time, we've at least received something for a guy that's pretty much on the outside looking in...
Rookies are playing: Marchenko is doing well. Oulette is doing well. Both can be sent down without passing through waivers and will be up with the club for the playoffs as Black Aces, but in the meantime, WHY NOT trade out a d-man that might otherwise be waived and claimed for nothing, for some RH depth if Edmonton is willing to bite.
Also, it doesn't mean you still can't get that upgrade on D by trading Smith ...or Quincey ...or Ericsson?
Aaaaaaaand Bob McKenzie denies the rumor after three consecutive idiots (Bryan Yates, Clark Rasmussen, and George Malik) ran with the rumor as if it were true. Malik even going as far as to vouch for the credibility of Yakes, who originated the rumor.
Cautionary Lesson LGW: Next time you find yourself about to post "Holland didn't land player X because the reported asking price was...," remember, those "reported asking prices" are almost always wrong, inflated, and made up by amateur jackasses (bloggers/podcasters).
I'd like to see the denial... otherwise, I'm going to go with the word of the three idiots.
Holland has been griping about the prices of players in trades for years now... and has made exactly ZERO trades that have involved an active roster player or high impact prospect since when? ...and yet we're to believe that he was willing to part with Larkin AND Mantha for Tyler Myers?
...or Tatar AND Nyquist for Jay Bouwmeester? ...or considering these outlandish trades. HA.
I'll just say this about coaching the best player in the league:
There's a difference between being the best player and being touted at the best player in the league.
...and when I say touted, I mean being told, over and over, crammed down our throats, despite any shortcomings he may have, marketed until we're got BEST IN THE GAME drilled into our heads...
I'm certain that while Babcock would love to coach the current "best player in the league," there's a number of factors that surround that player that would give him pause in making the move to that organization, not to mention how good he has it in Detroit.
EDIT: For the record, I think he's an amazing player, but he's still a crybaby and ******* to the zebras about non-calls and such way too much for my taste. I think it's his face. I want to punch it. Repeatedly. Everytime I see him complaining to the officials or when they pan to him complaining from the bench. FIST to FACE.
Why not wait for a real number one to become available? Because a real number one will never be made available in free agency, nor will they be available via trade, unless you're going to ridiculously overpay.
You mean current deadline defensemen options -- rental or otherwise in Sekera, Petry, Zidlicky, Green, Myers, and Yandle aren't number ones either? (They're not.)
...and neither is Staal, Boychuk, Martin, Ehrhoff, Methot, Oduya, Michalek, Beauchemin, Mezaros? (NOPE. None of these guys either!)
All sarcasm aside, I'm with you on this man! We don't need a number one! We need a solid RH, puck moving 2/3/4 guy that will compliment what we already have on the team. Franson would be ideal if the price is right!
Certainly, it's everyone's right to have an opinion otherwise, but I'm unsure why you'd really be against it.
Do you find it even remotely ironic that the guy who supposed wants to "pretend the horrible Choice never happened" is also the same guy who won't shut up about it?