We don't have great assets in this, but we do have sound mid-range depth assets that we could trade off or lose and not hurt ourselves if we're looking to upgrade or have a need that has to be filled.
I don't think we have as much as you'd think. You have about 8-9 pieces you could build around, but the rest? You'd be swapping one mediocre asset for another, and I don't see a lot of help in the system.
That being said, Stillman should absolutely fire Army and promote Brodeur to GM. Buffalo wanted to hire him as GM and Marty flat out rejected the offer, we might want to pay some heed to that.
Buffalo has no idea what it's looking for, so I wouldn't put much stock into that. That said, former players who are assistant GM's seem to be hot commodities in the league with little to no evidence that they can actually do the job beyond, "well, they were great as a player." Yeah, and so was Wayne Gretzky - but he couldn't coach a team.
I'm not sure Brodeur is ready to be general manager. He's been an assistant GM for 2 years and not even a full 2 years in either year at that. 15-16 - one full season as Asst GM. 2016-17 Asst GM/Goalie coach this season. Brodeur likely turned down Buffalo for more reasons than it's friggin' Buffalo, including his own lack of experience to be a GM. Pushing Brodeur into a GM role before he's had time to learn would be a mistake. If one looks at the successful former NHL player turned successful GM, they all took their time before moving into a GM role. Brodeur was still playing goaltender in January of 2015.
This. Steve Yzerman was an understudy to Ken Holland in Detroit for 4 years before going to Tampa; not a chance Brodeur has gained anything close to the same seasoning under a GM that's maybe half as good and much less experienced than Holland in half the time.
I wouldn't mind a modified Laurie situation where they spent to the Cap, kept making one smart move after the next and we won a Cup. I think that's what this was supposed to be with Stillman but Army is more useless in this situation than Steve Ott is on the ice.
I think we're largely spending to the cap. Much like when Laurie had the team, spending wisely is the key. I'd much rather we *not* spend to the cap from Day 1 and have room to make acquisitions during the season, instead of slamming the team against the cap before training camp starts and then having to make dollar-for-dollar moves on everything and handcuffing ourselves in the process ... but, that's just me.
glen a richter wrote:
Seriously, free up Army to go to Buffalo, whatever.
Or, back to Dallas so he can run that franchise back into the ground and fire Hitchcock for a 3rd time.