Oglethorpe wrote:I'm not worried about goaltending. It's relatively easy to pick one up when you compare it to top end skaters. Besides, Crawford, Niemi, Giguere, Thomas, Osgood all have Cups while Price, Lundquist don't. Right now a team could get Jimmy Howardwprager wrote:Oglethorpe wrote:Agreed, upgrading top 2 centres (Turris through health, Zib through trade) makes us a true contender for the division next year. Still a couple of years away from a Cup contender IMO.wprager wrote:It will get better. Next year we should Colin White on the 4th line and we'll see if he can push Pageau for #3. Nick Paul will have another year under his belt (remember that he grew an unhealthy amount in a short period of time and it takes time to catch up to this growth spurt); he'll also have the experience from playing right now.
But if we could swing a Zibanejad (+) for Duchene I think that makes us contenders.
"A couple of years away" and then you are probably missing a top goaltender. Andy will be, what, 37? Who knows where O'Connor will be by then, but likely not a #1 for a contender. I think if we can upgrade at C we have to go for it next year.
forand a pick for future considerations if they wanted to.
I think Detroit would be more than happy to let him go for nothing. Open up cap space and let Mrazek take over officially.