.....for the next two games after the Christmas break. Some will say it is his injury, others are speculating that Risebrough is actively trying to trade him.
I for one, am not a big fan on bringing him in soley on him potential contract demands and more importantly his trips to the IR. BUT I do truly believe that Shero's plan of action to improve this team on the wings has been drastically moved up based on recent play, where we sit in the standings, and most importantly...HOW the other teams in front of us are playing.
We did send Wallace and Taffe down, and though that;s not our cap answer, it does bode well for potential bodies being moved out or moved in.
If we don't get into the Gabork action( Again I hope we do not), him moving, may free up other players to move as well, aka the domino effect.
My suggestion.....and no I'm not a GM(though MR Shero may need to watch his back soon).
1.Sign Shannahan and play him on the 4th or sometimes 3rd line, while making him a staple in front of the net on the PP. Let him know he is there to be our Teemu Sellane garbage goal getter in front of the net. See what he says. If his 5 on 5 play is minimal, than his rusty wheels are not that big of a concern. Plus it sounds like we may NEED that locker room guy again. aka Gary Roberts
2. Satan may have good numbers , but he is not a game breaker, or a factor on the boards at all. When the playoffs come, he will be even less of a factor. I would see if Edmonton would consider Cole for Satan trade. Cole has been terrible this year but I would still like to see him get a shot on Sid's wing. Salaries are a wash and they are both UFA's at seasons end.
3. Lastly, here comes the criticism, BUT Staal has to go. people need to realize he is a luxury that we just can't afford right now. If all things were the same and we had Jeffrey and Caputi developed and ready to go....then there is no way we trade him. But they are NOT and we need to trade strength to get strength back. Period. If the Panthers would consider a package of Staal + for Horton +....I would do it. Horton is right handed and can work the corners "similar" to Hossa.
With that note, with Gonchar possibly back in 3 weeks. Gonch, Whit, Letang, Goligoski, and Boucher is another LUXURY we do not need. Teams are desperate for offensive D-men. Just look at the stupid amounts of money one dimensional journeyman defensman get.
A Gologoski or a Letang for a guy like Cheechoo would work fine. And for those that think thats crazy....Cheechoo is a 3rd liner this year folks because of Setoguchi and Clowe, and SJ isn't trading those guys.
There are a lot of other wingers out there that make sense as well, but the emphasis is on giving to get. Not all GM's have "special needs". Their object is to get something good back that potentially "wins" them the deal too.
And before anyone prints it....just say no to "vermette" from Ottowa for one of our D-men. The object is for us NOT to get softer.