Re: $8,376,191 Under Capo, Shoulda Done a Deal
posted at 3/15/2012 10:38 AM EDT
What elite players got moved at the deadline? Third line checking centers like Paul Gaustad cost Nashville a first round pick. Would you have given up a first round pick for Gaustad? It Doesn't matter if your answer is yes or no because to bring in any elite player (Gaustad is not elite), regardless of salary, you're talking multiple first round picks and some combination of either young prospects (Hamilton, Spooner, Knight, Kokochlev) or some guys on the current roster like Krejci or Lucic.
You're also going into next year with around $8M in cap space ($12M if you count Marc Savard on LTIR). Yet you still have to sign Rask, Kelly, Campbell, Thorton and Paille (forget about signing the other FAs Rolston, Corvo, Zanon, Turco and Mottau).
Even if you don't sign some of Kelly Campbell, Thorton, Paille you are going to have to sign players from other teams to replace these guys. $12M to sign Rask and the rest of these guys doesn't leave a whole lot of Cap wiggle room.
Now if you have $8M and lets say all you had to do is give $8M to the Devils for Kovalchuk and nothing else (no players, picks or prospects) and there was no salary cap, well sure we should have done that deal. Sadly the world you're suggesting doesn't exist.
One or even two higher end players alone couldn't bring this team out of it's current funk. This team is tired and injured and its clear fatigue and burnout from last year has caught up to them.
All you have to do is make the tournament and you got a shot. It's a given they'll make the playoffs and who knows what happens then. I'm not rooting for it but baring another cup victory, losing early and getting a long off season where everyone comes back healthy and rested next year wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
Sacrificing the future when so many core players are already signed and some good prospects are on the verge to go all in for this year's team, that in all honesty doesn't look at all like it's ready for a long cup run well is just sort sighted.
I'm not happy with the way they are playing and all the injuries but I'd be a whole lot more pissed off if they gave up the likes of Hamilton and other core future assets to try and make a final push in a year that just doesn't look like they are capable of making it to the finals.
There's still a shot they turn it around this year as constituted and that they go deep. And if not we won last year and are set up for at least the next 3-5 years for long cup runs. All is not lost.