Just like the title says... I read somewhere that B. Schenn might be available for a QO, and that we might be a good match at ~$30m/5... If that is a possibility, when not trade for his brother and solidify two holes at once? What would it take to grab Luke, along with the QO for his brother? What kind of package? Would Philly trade him while considering a QO on his brother? Luke is a right handed stay at home defender, and a big body... I don't follow Philly so I am not quite sure how good either player is... Just considering the fact that with both we can have a 2c and a #2-4D possibly... I really don't know much about either player....
Another note, I want Ivan Barbashev on a Line with Val.... We got our top line figured out for the most part, and our 3rd is a perfect third. We need to get Val a setup guy... Who better than a fellow Russian his own age, that has been playing the NA game for a few years now already.... It might not happen right away, but this needs to happen... Build a 2nd line around Val, and we will be a contender. I mentioned this earlier in the year, and my opinion hasn't changed. If we have to trade down, make it happen. I honestly don't see much difference in talent at that point of the draft, so it isn't much of a loss if at all even. I don't see us filling a "need" in this draft, so why not take this chance to build around a future 2nd line?
I understand everyone is high on PS, but I'm not 100% we can get him(or ROR depending on the circumstances). If it happens, I won't complain, just I am not getting my hopes up. Which is why I proposed Schenn... There are several options to fill this hole at 2c in FA so we shouldn't be too worried.
As far as the #1 or #2 defenseman, I am about to lose hope unless GMJN2 works some Seguinesque magic this summer. I was never as hard on Niskanen as most other fans were, but I doubt he gets similar numbers here as he does when with SC. I think he is about equal to Goose, if even that good. I am honestly ok with any top 4 dman that Nill can get that is a rh shot. That true #1 will come eventually, but I am of the belief that it will be a current/future prospect, not a FA.
Last, can we shed some useless vets from the roster? Trade Gonchar for a 6th or 7th and retain salary if need be... Buyout Cole and Rome, and if we can get anything worthwhile for Horcoff do it. I would honestly keep Horcoff if nessesary due to how he played in the playoffs. I think with us being so close to the cap on contracts, it is time to start packaging prospects and players for talent. I'm not saying trade the farm, but if we can get a Seguin caliber trade deal,GMJN2 should pull the trigger no matter what. My only untouchables are Jamie Benn, Seguin, and Val.