Keep doing what? Did Jagr ever say those things?
Look I apologize for insulting people's intelligence. The problem is, you're doing the same thing by assuming I don't realize we have to jump over teams and that they have some games in hand.
I'm willing to trade one of our great defensive prospects for a scorer. When you have the gold mine of defensive prospects like we do, you can spare one of them if it means getting that proven scorer we need. If Evander Kane is available like the rumors say, I'd definitely trade Merrill+ for him. That's just one example. I would NOT trade any of them for a guy like Cammy or Stewart. I would for Vanek since he's a star scorer sans Severson and Larsson. One of Santini, Gelinas, or Merrill can be had for Vanek.
I'm confident they can pull this off. Sure it sounds crazy to have any confidence since they've won 3 games in a row only once this season, but I look back at the season, and I know that they had several opportunities. A lot of the of the 35 games they didn't win could easily have been wins. I feel this team deserves more wins than they currently have. On the other hand, I can think of only a couple of wins they have they didn't really deserve. BTW, I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO READ THIS PARAGRAPH AS ME SAYING I'M BEING OPTIMISTIC. SAYING THAT I'M CONFIDENT THEY CAN PULL THIS OFF IS NOT THE SAME AS SAYING THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.
It's definitely too early to sell which is what I've been trying to say. It's never too early to buy though. And with our current positioning, we need to get on that ASAP. That's all I've been trying to say in this entire debate. We're 3 points out. That's it. There's no reason to sell when you're 3 points out.
But the bolded all factors in Mike. You can't just ignore or downplay that stuff, for reasons that have been previously stated...better likelihood of teams hanging around, more three-point games that will impact the race, etc.
Agree in that sure, it would've been nice if Lou would've bought earlier, if he's going to buy at all. It's really too bad that Boucher couldn't help the offense, but it was a lot to ask of him at this stage. The problem is the sellers know they'll get their best offers near the deadline, so there's not a whole lot of motivation on their parts to sell early, unless the offer wows them. For the Devils to wow anyone, they're going to have to cough up guys we probably don't want to see leave.
I think you rent Vanek if you're 100% sure you can get to a Cup final (of course you might not get there anyway, but if you truly think you CAN, go for it). I don't think Vanek makes the Devils a true Cup contender. We know teams can ride a hot goalie, and that the Devils play most teams competitively, but for what Vanek would cost, I don't think the Devils should gamble that heavily.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 11 February 2014 - 08:27 AM.