Antonio wrote:The idea of trading away Despres that I hear on media constantly and/or Bortuzzo seems ludicrous to me. Quite honestly, I would MUCH rather see Letang and Orpik go, and Despres and Bortuzzo stay. Also, I have loved Niskanen this year, but can't see paying him more than 3.5million...MAYBE 4 next year...especially if we could unload the $891 million we are giving greasy hair. I would rather move one or all of them and in the process try and pick up a cheaper solid 4th defensemen to augment. I don't think we would be terrible with Martin, Scuderi, Maatta, Despres, Bortuzzo, a solid 4/5 replacement or Nisky if he could be had for the right price, plus Engelland (who I prefer as a 4th line winger...seems solid there and has some skill for it)/Dumoulin/Ulf Jr/whoever else is down there.
Despres and Bortuzzo bring more of what this team needs now, in the playoffs and moving forward next season and beyond. Size, snarl, desire and youthful energy.
Moving either of these 6'4 young D while continuing to trot out an obviously declining Orpik is not a recipe for success this coming postseason and definitely not beyond.
Add in the fact that Shero has to move some $$$ from D to F now to balance out this year's team, if he wants to make a legit run, and it is obvious that the best move is to deal one of the aging D-men.
For me, Orpik would be 3rd on that least because he would probably bring the least in return.