tim1_2 wrote:We're still a very young team with a big window to be competitive (ignoring the goaltending situation), so it wouldn't be crazy to bring in another 20 year old. Scenarios like the Drouin situation don't come along very often, so you have to consider it no matter where your team is at.
I assume if Murray is going to trade The Hoff, he'll get shopped around a bit first to see what offers are out there...it would be tough to top the temptation of bringing in Drouin.
Drouin could well be another Filatov. He has done absolutely nothing but pout.
And we keep saying how young we are, but Karlsson is in his 8th season next year. In three years' time we will be wondering if he will re-sign here or go elsewhere. If, in three years, we haven't progressed to a point where we are a strong contender for the Cup, he may do The Alfie and "probably not" his way out of town. This year it looks like we've take a step backward instead of forward. We lost Cowen and probably Wiercioch, Zibanejad appears to have plateaued, Stone hit a sophomore slump, Methot had another injury scare, MacArthur may never play like he did before.
We have upgraded our 2nd pairing by getting Phaneuf but the expectation coming into this season was that Cowen or Wiercioch would have been doing that same job, and at half the cap hit. So, yes, we got better, but we were already expecting that to happen and for less.
We have shed some contracts (and will lose Phillips/Neil) so that gives us flexibility. What we do in the off-season will be vital. If we don't show a steady improvement next year and the year after that we may be losing Karlsson and then a full on rebuild.