NJDevils1214 Posted January 25 Share Posted January 25 35 minutes ago, Patrick Sundstrom Ghost said: The reason why I was so strongly in favor of trading one of Severson or Graves before the season was because of this situation we are now facing. The odds are they will not get anything for Severson unless they trade him right before FA so a team can talk to him before and lock him up, so maybe they get a 3rd for that. I don't agree with the odds being very favorable for Graves staying, and that's because he will never have the chance to get a big contract than right now, and the Devils should not sign him unless it's a very team friendly deal. I just don't see any situation where Luke and Simon are not on the team full time next season unless something goes very wrong, you do not see top 2 picks spend time in the minors besides that first year and Luke is never sniffing the minors unless it's an injury situation where he needs to play games for conditioning. No neither of them are going to be perfect, yes they will make many mistakes, but next season they will both be on the team, that's just how top picks are dealt with, again unless injuries and or serious in game issues with Nemec that I don't think are there happens. With this being my basic foundation the question is, do you want to have Graves on a long term deal for 5 million a year or do you go with searching for a short term deal with a veteran or one of the other kids are ready to go? The issues with this is, if you go with another kid, that's 3 in the line-up but I think that's more likely with the 3rd kid being part time with a veteran than Graves being back, unless he stupidly signs for less than he can get on the open market. That last part of your post is sort of circling why they have kept both so far. The team is taking a step and still needs them. I could see a world where one of them is gone at the deadline, but given NJ is in a position to make the playoffs they might keep them both despite the likelihood of losing them for nothing just to have them for the post season. Fitz probably doesn't want to be left with OH yuck, Bahl, and Smith on the back end for the playoffs just for a couple of late firsts(at best). 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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