Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:00 PM
Yeah but I don't see it. They both signed just 5 months ago at below market value and the team sees Thornton's value. There were whispers Marleau was going to be moved even with a NMC two years ago but that didn't happen when he was even more under fire than Thornton today. I can see Doug Wilson deciding to mortgage the future and trade some draft picks maybe even Hertl to try and win in the next two years but I don't see either of those guys leaving.
The biggest move this offseason is probably going to be firing McLellan which I am ambivalent about.
I think Marleau and Thornton probably get another year, with pieces around them getting changed. If they disappear during another first round exit again next season, I'm not sure how they both survive it...especially if both guys have good regular seasons, because that means someone would probably offer something pretty good to get one of them, especially if one of them is going to a team where he can be an excellent complementary player (think the Dallas and Detroit version of Brett Hull).
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