6 janv. 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OkMan</b></div><div>Doesn’t come close to netting you Ekholm</div></div>
It may not be enough, but it is definitely close. He's 32, and while still solid, he's only slowing down. With three years left at a $6.25m cap hit, NSH would be wise to get what they can for him now.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>EvanderKanesLawyer</b></div><div>Yeah.. still doesn’t matter.
Ekholm is 32, he doesn’t even fit the plans of the CBJ rebuild. Wouldn’t make sense for them to move their first for him, because that’s what Poile would part with if it had to trade Ekholm.</div></div>
Not everyone has to be in their mid-20s to fit the CBJ plan. They need some veterans too with Nyquist (FA) and Voracek (LTIR) most likely gone next year. CBJ also need a steady vet or two on the blueline with the imminent departure of Gavirkov. Ekholm would be a good bridge to have until Mateychuck or Svozil are ready to step in.
I like the moves. I'm sure Jarmo is looking at how he can flip some young guys this summer in order to bring a more experienced vet or two in on the blue line.
Ekholm and Chychrun are good targets, I also think McDonaugh, Dunn, Theodore, Ferraro and Lidell could all maybe be had in the summer. Vlasic or OEL could be possible options with retention.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>dk325</b></div><div>The core is barely out of puberty. The core is whoever they draft this year, Johnson, Sillinger, Jiricek, Ceulemans, Mateychuk, Marchenko, Chinakhov, Tarasov, Laine, Werenski and Gaudreau. They are not in win now mode. Rest your notoriously bad takes for another day please.</div></div>
Hyperbole. And Mateychuk and Ceulemans are not even close to being considered core players. They aren't even NHLers yet.
Sure, they have a few years, and by win-now I don't mean next year its cup time. I mean the window needs to open next year to maximize these guys' prime. You don't want to wait until they're 30+ to start to compete when they are all beginning to decline.
Theodore and Chychrun are at ages that fit with the current core and fill important needs. It's not like we're giving up crucial assets to get them in this scenario either. Would you really rather have Ros, Boq, and some late picks that won't be ready for another 4 years?
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Hockey_Mind</b></div><div>He's not a great 2nd line player with that cap hit. He needs to be their top forward, and he's statistically likely to only be that for the next 3-4 years. That is a win-now window to me.
They core are all in their primes, or entering their primes now in Laine's case. The youth is developing. Jenner is a good 2C, but ideally KJ (or maybe Bedard/Fantilli) can step into the 1C role within the next two years. Marchenko, Chinakov and Sillinger should become reliable middle-6 guys over the next couple seasons, but the defense needs to improve drastically.
Even with the addition of Jiricek - assuming he's impactful since it's looking like he's going to be an animal - they need two more top-4 guys. Boqvist could still develop into that, but I do not have a strong belief in him due to his size, strength and skating limitations, and I have to assume Gavrikov is going to be gone until we get some kind of evidence to the contrary.
I also realize that a lot hinges on the goaltending and if Elvis can rebound or Tarasov and step up. Big ifs, I know, but goaltending is so up and down it's impossible to predict. They have good talent there, they just need those guys to hone in.</div></div>
The Jackets have an excess of middling talent that they need to try to convert into a higher-end peice or two. Roslovic and Boqvist just aren't impactful players and we have other guys in the organization that can fill their roles (Sillinger, Jiricek).