Lagoon wrote:It sure would signify a full and complete rebuild. I would not accept that offer. That is not the direction I want to go. If you want me to put my rebuild hat on, I would accept Glass, Tuch, Theodore and that 2019 1st for Karlsson and Ryan.
Sorry my friend but if Karlsson goes then it's a full rebuild whether we want to admit it or not.
The reality is paying Karlsson twice what he makes now isn't going to lead to Karlsson being twice as good. It's $5-6M or so more committed to the same player who is going to depreciate in time and is an injury risk. It also means spending $6M less in other areas. Don't get me wrong. I would love to see Karlsson stay at a reasonable price but if he's asking for anything more than $11M/year I'm rebuilding. If you get a potential top-four defenceman, a top-six prospect, and a 1st rd pick then I think you really have to consider making the trade - especially if it means moving Ryan. That's a lot of cap space and there are a lot of good prospects coming down the pipe who are going to need to get paid.
I'd really consider moving Hoffman at the draft depending on who's available within the top 10 if the organization gets the impression that Karlsson doesn't want to sign here. If you can get out of the draft with Wahlstrom, Bouchard/Merkley, and a big body at 22nd (Noel?) it's a very successful draft. Mark my word - if Ottawa drafts at 22nd they will take Noel if he is still around (6'5" RW from Ottawa...) Add Theodore and Glass to a young group of White, Chabot, Wolanin, Formenton, Brown, Chlapik, Batherson and plus these three guys then you're competing for a cup again in a few years.
Next year could be a little painful don't get me wrong, bt the idea of having: Chabot, Theodore, Wolanin, Bouchard, Jaros on defense, Gustavvson & Hogberg in nets, and all the forwards listed above plus Duchene, Stone and Dzingel and you're looking at a deep 4 line team that can skate and move the puck.