glen a richter wrote:
Vegas is playing themselves right out of long term success. No matter what they do at the deadline they’ll blow it. Either they keep Neal and Perron (and others) and ultimately screw themselves out of prime draft picks or trade them both when it’s too late and end up aggravating the fan base and missing out on good picks at the same time. An expansion team which has early success will ultimately have long term limited success. See: Florida Panthers. For that matter, see the Blues as well.
As far as tonight goes, we’re not winning.
The Blues benefited heavily from a system that guaranteed an expansion team would make the Finals, I wouldn't consider that the same thing.
The Panthers... hell, trading Stu Barnes was the catalyst for their collapse after the Finals (among other things, but that trade put them into a skid), so trading a player is probably not a good idea unless it's the right player to trade.
Saying that, I absolutely would not carry Perron into the playoffs with me if it was my team. Clock strikes twelve and he turns into a damn pumpkin; useless in the playoffs. There is absolutely no way in hell James Neal gets traded.
I do agree that you build up the core and picks for the future, but you got the right people at the right time in the right situation; Gallant has these guys right, McPhee is surprising the heck out of me and I see them as buyers at the deadline. I expect them to make the run and they absolutely should. You don't take your foot off the gas if you're running this good and you don't sabotage today for the hopes of what you already got running. That's just silly.
But say they do fall apart in the playoffs, let's all hope that it happens when we're playing them