Dont agree with buying out Anton now. He's still a potential asset for us. I also think someone would bite if he was willing to waive his NTC. Tallinder is absolutely tradeable. We have a long way to go before the season starts. Not worried about the glut of D right now.
I agree with everything you said and buying out Volch is meaningless to me because he's not great, but his replacement likely won't be better by all that much, if at all.
I just don't want to see 8 D again come start of the season. If we have to move Tallinder for picks, so be it, if we're not gonna play him, wtf is the point in keeping him? Might as well just save the $3M and call it a day. We could use an extra 2nd rd pick since we don't have a 1st. And if we're gonna wait until deadline time to see if that will pump up his value, then I'm still lost because we could have done the same thing last year. Not like that 2nd year was a killer at $3.375.
We got Urbom, Merrill and Gelinas, Urbom being the farthest along in his development and terms of games played at the pro level. One of these guys has to be given at least a shot at staking claim to an NHL roster spot. At this rate, in a couple years, we might as well just tell Albany to say fvck it to putting forwards out there and just throw 20 D on a team. I mean seriously, what's the ratio of D prospects to F prospects we got that might be in Albany next year?
That's 7 D right there, all NJ prospects.
For forwards, we have:
We all know Teddy has a make or break season ahead of him. If he can't crack the NHL by the end of the season, he's toast.
Am I forgetting anybody?