7 jun 2018
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IMO we've already got a 2LW. It's Jaden Schwartz. That might be a little unfair to him, but with his penchant for injury and the inconsistency in his offense, that's probably where he's best suited.
What we really need is a true 1LW, and I think we've got that too, kinda hiding- it's Schenn. Within the next two or three years, maybe as soon as next season, Schenn will be the third best center on this team, behind Thomas and O'Reilly. If Thomas can step up and grab the 2C slot permanently, all we have to do is find a reliable 3C rather than a 2LW, and shift Schenn over to the left.
Depending on what Schwartz asks for and how Sanford's and Blais' development goes, maybe one of those guys can slot in to the 2LW slot when Schwartz's contract is up. Or maybe we trade for a Saad, Bailey, there's a few other names that have been kicked around, but Schwartz and Schenn have a better xGAR than pretty much any LW on the "market" that I've seen except Johnny Gaudreau (who would be a 1LW, obviously)
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Shibbal18</b></div><div>Montour is average at worst. So I wouldnt say he isnt very good, thats too extreme</div></div>
You are right, he's fine, my point was more that he'll be a third pairing guy on this team and if that's the case there's cheaper options on the free market- DeMelo, Braun, Rutta are all also average at worst and will come in cheaper most likely than Montour at 4 mil, and we can get them without having to give up assets.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Shibbal18</b></div><div>Ive been about trying to make an Allen deal work. I'd be interested</div></div>
Allen is real good and I think he would be a good pickup for Buffalo to split time with Ullmark. I think there's a real solution, that people have bandied about on here before, of a Hutton-for-Allen swap with some retained on Hutton to give us goaltending depth (assuming Hutton isn't, uh, blind anymore). Or, at least a late pick somewhere in the next few drafts, although you guys are kinda low on those.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SlickWilly</b></div><div>I just dont know how you afford it this year without doing some massive offloading. Both Dunn and Pietro will probably get 3M in raises each. Next year you lose Gunnarsson Bozak and Steen, but Schwartz probably gets a raise, Thomas probably gets 3M+, Kyrou probably get 2M depending on how next year goes, Binnington probably gets a 2M raise atleast if he keeps performing how he is, he sees that Bobrovsky contract and says hey get me close to that, because that dude stinks. Not saying it won't happen. Armstrong is a good GM and he probably could do it, but it would be close.</div></div>
Yeah, it will definitely be tight long term, not denying that, and we won't be able to keep everyone. I just think that the elite defensive talent is one of the ones that you should keep.