Nice vision. Dumbass
The question is, can the #2 pick contribute in his third year, and how much of an impact the Wings brass seem to think he'll have. This proverbial #2 pick would be playing with a higher level of skill in Detroit than Boston so there is that to consider. I completely trust the Wings brass in making scouting decisions. No passengers in the Wings front office.
It's my impression Boston thinks they are close to making a serious serious cup run in the next two years before the window starts to close or why else dangle this pick IF they really are willing to deal with it. Chara isn't getting any younger and with the emergence of Rask they think they're ready.
Here's a nutty idea as I think if you're gonna make a trade go big or don't make it. Dangle Rafalski and the Wings #1 pick. Rafalski is a very good but not elite player. He's done well here. Had a magnificent Olympics. His trade value will never be higher AND it would open some salary to address other issues the Wings may want to or need to address. If Boston wants a prospect too, dangle a forward, not somebody like Kindl. This would give the Wings salary cap flexibility with some solid players available where they could add QUALITY depth. Any defense partner Lidstrom gets will automatically be made better. Maybe losing Rafalski could put you in a position to take a serious look at Volchenkov, I really like his game. You'd also then have a chance to go look for a good checking/sandpaper forward. Losing Rafaski would also almost certainly allow them to sign their RFA's like Abdelkader, Helm, Eaves et al. If done right you might still even have (and I'm ballparking it) 1-1.5M (Which when renting players and pro-rating salaries means you can look at guys making 3-4 million) to use come trade deadline time.
I like Rafalski, I also know the dangers of losing a proven very good player to a draft pick you don't know will amount to anything but this is simply a hypothetical question anyway so why not dream baby dream.
You may now compliment my vision or call me a dumbass, I've been called worse and have big shoulders so fire away.
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