5 févr. 2016
Blue Jackets de Columbus
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>adamsandler</b></div><div>Depends on where Vancouver is. I agree that I don’t think cbj is in a contending position but adding Gaudreau just made your window a lot sooner, and adding a 99 point forward like Miller might be the piece you need to make a serious run. Plus you’re not even giving up players like Johnson, Boqvist, jiricek, or sillinger in this deal which leaves you plenty of upcoming talent.</div></div>
I'm also hesitant with Miller. Not just age, but outside of his short stint in VAN, he doesn't have a history as a high-end producer that would warrant this kind of package, or possibly the contract he signs.
Don't get me wrong, I'd be happy with Miller; but, I'm largely in agreement with <a href="/users/ajp_18" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@ajp_18</a> - unless Miller's price comes down (both in trade and in contract value), I don't prefer it to happen, nor see it happening. GMJK just went through a <a href="https://www.capfriendly.com/forums/thread/622317">short hell</a> to shed cap for Laine, and I'm not sure he's going to wade back into it immediately absent a good deal. The salary cap will still be flat(ter) next year, and Miller's market is likely not going to be as big as he wants, simply by virtue of the lack of cap teams will have (i.e. Kadri 2.0, if not worse). If he makes it there, I think there is a good chance he'd give CBJ consideration - moves closer to home, young team on the rise with an opening window, chance to play with JG.
But; even with Miller, CBJ's ability to compete in the future doesn't boil down to trading for/signing big name players now; it comes down to how well Johnson, Sillinger, Jiricek, Marchenko, et al. and, yes, even CC develop in the next year or two (the kid was one of the best D-men in the NCAA during the second half of the season). After hoarding as much short term talent as we could before losing Panarin, we already know the organization doesn't have the appetite to go through that again.
"sure" to the ANA trade.
I'm fine with the Miller trade - I'd tend to agree that we could get him without giving up CC at TDL, but we'd probably have to include Peeke, particularly since TDL can get pretty stupid. I also really only make that trade if he comes with an extension - I don't want to give up those assets for a glorified try-out (though the hope is it is a very successful try-out).
My other question is, to your point, if Miller walks in FA and we have the cap space, what 1C is going to be available? Larkin, Reilly? Not sure I see a flush market.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ItsBlowTime</b></div><div>Retention means quality over quantity, sorry.</div></div>
The way the cap is, retention is going to be a requirement. Unless, like, AZ decides to get aggressive or something.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>vapodz</b></div><div>many teams are desperate for rd, but I thought the Jackets are pretty stacked at rd with Boqvist, Peeke, Gudbrandson, Blakenburg, Bean (ig), and now Jiricek in their pipeline</div></div>
Deeeefinitely not. Bean is a LD, Gudbranson is only around for the short term as an enforcer and Boqvist, Peeke, Blankenburg, Jiricek and Ceulemans all still need to prove they can handle big minutes as a pro. Trading any of them away isn't the best idea unless it's for a pure and significant upgrade to the lineup at either center or RD and it has to be for someone young enough to match the core of team so 25 or younger.