Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Thank You St. Louis
Overall, still a good deal. I don't want to disregard that or entirely disagree, just a bit sunny on your side. Which is fine.
Cam brought nothing to the team. He probably wasn't even going to get a chance to play this season with guys like Clarkson, Asham and Rupp in the lineup. Was Sutter going to take a chance with him with the race being so tight for the top?
So we basically traded a guy who was sitting anyway for a guy that can be our #2 or #3 defenseman. I think painting it sunny was understating how great this trade was.
Not sure why this is such a fantastic move -defenseman is NOT what this team needed. We needed a bonafide scoring threat or a bonafide point man on the powerplay.
It's amazing what the Devils have done this year considering what they have lost the last 3 years, but I will be surprised if they get past the 2nd round of the playoffs.
We get rid of Janssen, fine. We get Salvador, meh, whatever.
A blind man could have told us we needed a legit Top 4 Wing, thanks to Gionta not producing, along with a freaking point man on our PP! All we heard, from early January was 'Devils on the hunt for Top 4 D/W'. And what happened? Essentially a zero sum gain! So we couldn't get Dan Boyle, understandable, but Brian Campbell being moved proves there were players out there, that could have been signed to long term deals! Hockeynumbers.com estimated we had around $11 in salary available, through the end of the year, to spend in a trade and sign, yet we do nothing? Don't get me wrong, I'm not begging for a mercenary here, but surely some of these guys could have been gotten, and held, long term.
Furthermore, I don't see any names of Free Agents currently, that will fit our needs after this season is over. Are we that sure our minor league clubs are going to produce talent? And if so, why haven't we seen any of it to this point?
Again, I have to revert back to the pre-lockout approach, Lou took. We've forever had our backs up against that salary cap, thanks to the deals he made right before the lockout. Not smart. At this point, I'd have preferred the Ted Leonsis approach! I mean, some of it goes along with carrying players from 3 Stanley Cup runs, but the guys we have left, some of which are role players, at best.
I'm just hoping and praying Lou doesn't try another jack move, to appoint himself Head Coach during the Playoffs, or getting to the 2nd round is generous, at best!
This is a fantastic acquisition because Lou got someone who can bring something to the table - an experienced defensive defensemen. That may not mean much now, but Andy Greene, Mike Mottau, Johnny Oduya, and Sheldon Brookbank are playoff neophytes and I think even Paul Martin has only so much playoff experience. Salvador's experience will be key in the playoffs.
Most importantly, this can yield pretty good benefits for the cost of a guy who hasn't even seen the ice this season and isn't that good at anything but hitting and fighting. That alone is why I love the move.
The bonafide forwards and point-men were going to cost NJ dearly. So Lou went for a deal to tweak the lineup. I got no issue with that.
Q: At what point does Lou have to do a cost/benefit analysis, and realize we are no longer going to be able to stay relevent in the current NHL, unless he finds a way to address clear needs, via trade and free agency? What "cost" is acceptable, for long term success?
Superfan: I'm not sure why you're asking that. The league dynamics change from year to year with a salary cap that changes it's limits; not to mention that with every successful team, some teams tend to modify their style to fit the times. Like how people demanded size after Anaheim won the Cup this past year. You can't plan ahead for the next five years unless you're in a total rebuilding mode.
And the Devils aren't in such a rebuilding stage: the Devils are currently in first place with this current, Cam-less roster. I think that alone demonstrates relevancy.
Consider this: If Lou traded Gionta, Vishnevski, Bergfors, and a 2008 first rounder for Hossa and Hossa decides to sign elsewhere after the season, the Devils basically lose the trade for that alone. They gave up quite a bit of assets for a few months of Hossa and unless that led New Jersey to the Cup, the short benefit wouldn't justify the long term cost - especially if Gionta rebounds, Vish improves, Bergfors becomes a good player, and that 1st rounder turns out to be a hot talent.