glen a richter wrote:
Oakland, if the Blues overpay for anyone, Doan, Ryan, whoever... how do you propose they retain the services of Pie and Shatty down the pike? Not to mention everyone else who will be due for a big raise. I only mention Pie and Shatty because to me, those two are the MacInnis and Pronger of the team. They're still young, they're still getting better and they're already one of the best defensive duos in the league. Lose either or both and it won't matter who we have putting the puck in the net. Unless you truly believe that guys like Schmaltz, Cole, Fairchild, Ponich, etc... will all be as good or better than Pie and Shatty.
Let's give Schwartz and Tarasenko a couple years to get their groove and prove themselves capable of scoring at a decent clip before we go ahead and risk losing our top two defenders for lack of money.
I realize that neither, especially Tank, has proven anything at this level but let's not forget that scouts did, at least once, say that Tank's development was actually ahead of Ovechkin's at the same point. If we score the same type of player it'll be the biggest steal in the draft since the Penguins "won" the Crosby lottery and gone will be the complaints of a stagnant offense in St. Louis.
I was throwing names out at one point, use any on the team, I think any one works to illustrate my point (see below). Pie and Shatty, I so agree with you about.
I don't like the unknown. There's no way of telling if Tank and Schwartz will turn out to be the next Overcheck, Hull, etc. or if they wind up the next Boyes, EJ, etc. Let's be honest here, there's no way. That's kind of why they're called amateurs, cause you don't know what they'll do til they've done it, and I don't mean that in a money sort of way cause they do get paid in the Minors. I'd like us to have some sort of sound scoring base that will provide results, not possibly, not based on scouts, minors stats adjusted or someone's grandmother whose seen it all, but I'm weird like that.
My point above is okay, say for the sake of argument that Tank is the next Brett Hull and he comes flying out the doors and Schwartz follows along the same lines. We're not willing to spend big money period, not even big money on someone like Doan or Ryan, so when Tank and Schwartz, or Pie and Shatty, or whoever have you before UFA, how do we afford keeping them if they play up to par?
At some point the organization has to say 'We want to Win' and invest the money. If we're going to be cheap and run a cheap organization, does that mean we shouldn't expect more than cheap results?
Rangers, Flyers, Wild, Kings didn't get anywhere by being cheap. Let's remember that. Big market or small, new owners or old, if you want to win, there is a point you come to where you have to invest beyond draft picks and <5m contracts in a climate where elites are going to demand, and get, top dollar. Where will that put us?