posted at 2/5/2013 8:09 PM EST
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
No way does Dallas give up Ryder. The Stars are currently 3 points out of 5th place and tied for a #8 spot. It is crucial for mid-market teams to get NHL playoff revenue, trading Ryder just isnt a smart move.
On the other side of the coin, Chiarelli gives up prospects n assets trades for Ryder and he goes in the tank again. Chiarelli is not dumb, it ain't gonna happen.
Considering your first point, touche and good point. I wouldnt expect him to tank here though. Ive seen enough to know that he is a good goal scorer. He has had multiple 30 goal seasons , and had a 27 goal season here, playing with Blake Wheeler when Blake Wheeler stunk. I would expect him to glyde, take shifts off, and be frustrating to watch. However, he can shoot the puck, and I think that "sniper depth" is something that this team lacks.
Maybe there are better sniper options. Im a bit of a homer. If the opportunity to reaquire him emerged, I would consult Krejci and put a lot of stock into whether Krejci would want him here. I think a line 1 sniper would improve all 3 lines. It would improve line 2 because it would allow us to move one of Horton or Lucic to Seguins line and add some much needed physicality to said line. It would bump Marchand to three, which would improve that line as well. I like the thought of a Marchand, Pevy, Kelly line, as all 3 can skate.
When I suggested trading for Ryder on another thread, someone said to wait to the deadline and see whats available. A solid suggestion. However, this is a year where I would consider sacrificing the future for the present. We are contenders this year, and if the chance to acquire a line 1 sniper emerges, we should consider. We are very deep w prospects and young NHL talent. We could therefore survive moving a first rd pick and a couple of prospects.
Would a combination of a 1st round pick, Caron or Sauve, and Tommy Cross net a line 1 sniper? (Seriously asking, not trying to be smarmy).