BurghersAndDogsSports wrote: Henry Hank wrote:
Our guys are not tradable for what we need right now.
I'm not sure I understand this. What do the Pens need? Certainly not top six forwards. They've got Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Dupuis, and Bennett for years. They've also got Jokinen this uyear. They don't need to make another Kunitz/Neal type trade anytime soon. I agree, their D prospects now aren't going to get them that kind of forward right now. I'd wager that in a few years, they have Letang and Despres anchoring the D, and someone like Maata or Pouliot will be considered excess and can be used to get them a young F as Kunitz and Dupuis age.
The Pens' biggest needs at this moment are third and fourth line. You can get those kinds of guys through free agency and by trading picks and more minor prospects.
As you said you don't want to trade for prospects. What we need now is better dmen and talented but cheaper bottom 6 players.
Why would another team take any of our prospects to give up roster players, you wouldn't under a similar circumstance.
We don't have to trade for top 6 and compare every trade to Kunitz? These guys can be had for other holes to fill.
However if you do that in 3 years you are REAlLY out of top 6 forward players AND prospects as a lot of our guys will have moved on, retired or have been traded.
Hence the issue with this plan. Unload now and undervalue for role players for example. Wait and trade for stars but by then you still have little depth and Kunitz and Dupuis are gone
What I mean by them not being tradable is that if we dump them for what we need right now that plan o drafting these guys to get overvalue gets blown out the window. Should have just drafted fwds to begin with at that point.
And sorry screwed up my edit on the phone as the last paragraph which is kind of important to the point is in this post.