Re: St. Louis Reportedly interested in Ryder
posted at 11/16/2010 2:37 PM EST
In Response to Re: St. Louis Reportedly interested in Ryder
[QUOTE]Am I hallucinating or did this Ryder thread take a turn into Fantasy Land and someone actually suggested that Tampa Bay might be willing to trade Stamkos to the Bruins? That was a dream, right? That seriously did not happen, did it?
Posted by BuzzardBoots[/QUOTE]
I think he was trying to make a point - that his suggestion has about as much factual base in it as the article that the OP linked.
On the Ryder vs Sturm issue, timing may be critical. As is, either Sturm or Savard can be added to the roster without clearing any cap space. Only a roster spot needs to be opened - possibly by sending Caron to Providence or by trading Paille.
The team will have to clear cap space before the second of the two returns. If Sturm comes back significantly before Savard, then his play can be evaluated, and time can be spent trying to convince him to change his mind about his NTC.
If Savard comes back first, or the timing is close, things get tricky. Sturm can get a conditioning stint in Providence, but that's at most 5 games. I suppose he could be traded before being activated, but I would think another GM would take a lot of convincing to get him to agree.
Demoting either of them is a risky proposition. If the demoted is playing well enough to warrant a recall, there's a good chance another team will grab them on re-entry waivers (and as far as I am aware that will be the case even after the trade-deadline; I'm not sure about once the playoffs start), especially as the cap space needed to acquire one of these players goes down as the year progresses.
Chiarelli does have options, and they should increase with every day that passes as 'banked' space gives teams more cap room to work with. Should be interesting to see what finally happens. Given that Sturm and Savard are both skating with the team, it could be soon.