The team as currently constructed, does kind of suck but you don't decide to tank after you are already half way through a rebuild. We couldn't be in better position for the future on defense and we just locked up our goalie of the future for the next 8 years. Basically, we need to accumulate some decent assets so that we can acquire good forwards as they become available, Dallas Stars style. Getting lucky on a forward or two in the draft wouldn't hurt either. We need to add a few top 6 skilled forwards but there's absolutely no reason to tear it all down and start over.
I would agree with those saying that if we are still a few points out at the trade deadline, you pawn of Jagr, Zidlicky, Rydar and Havlat for whatever 2nd or 3rd round picks you can get. I doubt Brunner has any value but he could be shipped as well. No reason to part with Zajac or Cammallerri since they have a lot of years left and I believe Elias still has a lot of value to the team in terms of being a leader and role model for the young forwards.
"Half way through a rebuild" - in what sense have we even started a rebuild? We've started to incorporate some young players on defense. That's literally all we've done.
The cupboard is empty on forward prospects. There's literally not a single guaranteed top-6 player in our system right now (say what you will about Boucher, but he hasn't shown much at the NHL level yet). To the bolded - how would you suggest we go about doing that if not through the draft (via a full on rebuild)?