The ownership just proved to us a few things with this one:
1. They know that the players we need to ditch, with the possible exception of Perron, we will only get picks for, so why ditch them?
2. That they're too cheap to go out and sign help and would rather pay clearance/closeout prices for a has-been player whose best years are past him and not someone who can help carry and contribute to the team now (which might be the REAL overall problem for us.)
I'm willing to bet Hitch made the suggestion for Arnott because with Langs out he wants someone 'like him' with Cup experience and isn't looking at the whole picture. Hitch has lost touch with the pulse of this team and that's a fact. Hitch is living like it's last year and we have two Jennings Netminders between the pipes and he's got the Adams.
That was last year. This year we're falling apart. If this was me, I'd bring up Allen and trade Halak to an Eastern team for firepower. His style is more suited for the Eastern Conference anyway; Halak in the East would be devastating and very tasty trade bait and would gurantee we'd get what we need without spending much money. We'd get at least one elite and a second player. Crazy idea, I agree and I would normally be against it but who else do we consider trading to get anyone worth a damn with? Pie? Shatts? Tank? No way. I'd start with Perron tho and see how that goes, but I doubt we'd get anything considerable for a concussion case.
Our D is strong enough that a solid netminder can hold the pipes and Jake Allen is our guy. Elliott might be able to be fixed by creating a stable environment. This entire team in general has played like garbage and I think Elliott's pulse is on the well-being of the team and they haven't played well at all. When the team starts playing sloppy, it distracts and may even affect his own self-esteem. I don't know but that's my guess.
Arnott needs to stay unemployed. We need to fix from the inside out before we let anyone else in. Some people need to go first.
Trading Halak isn't going to happen.
If winning a cup is the goal, you don't want your goaltending to be a struggling backup and a rookie with only a few NHL games under his belt. Goaltending is so fickle nowadays from year to year, you can't put all of your eggs in one basket with a rookie who has only played 4 1/2 games in the NHL.
If we were rebuilding, trading Halak would make more sense. But it makes no sense with this team.
What they need to do is in the offseason sign a friggin' big name free agent in his prime for once. It costs you nothing but money. They've done a hell of a job building this team through the draft and through smart trades...but sooner or later, if you want a cup, you're going to need to sign a big free agent to fill that last hole or to put you over the top. Unfortunately, we're not in the offseason and any big moves to improve the team will involve giving up something of significance.
I'm fine with giving Arnott a tryout and signing him for cheap...assuming McDonald, Steen and Tank will come back this season. And I really don't want them to do something stupid like trade Halak...unless the return is ridiculous...which it won't be.
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