Originally posted by Hopper:
No doubt in my mind Dougie will use our 2011 first pick packaged with a player to get that top 4 Dman.
How much do you want to bet that player (or players) will be a goaltender? And/or another D-man?
1st + Greiss/Nitty + Expendable D-man (Huskins/Leach/Wallin) = Great D-man.
I just hope that if we do that, we try to ensure the ability to keep that player around. It won't make much of a difference if we get an All-Star who leaves the next year, leaving us the same hole we had.
Then you've got the issue of Demers. This kid is very talented, and looks to be well on his way to becoming a top-4 defenseman sometime in the future. I'm guessing he's going to be groomed to be Boyle's eventually replacement. Boyle is 34 years old now. I would love for him to last until he's 40, but who knows if that'll happen?
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Sep 3, 2010 at 4:02 PM ]