Digital Faceoff: Should Sens deal for playoff run?
BAINES: To what extent does Bryan Murray go to get to the playoffs and perhaps ensure a bit of a run? Does he trade away significant young assets to acquire impact players? Or does he deal mid-round draft picks for role players.
GARRIOCH: They need to get one more forward. Just think they need a little more scoring depth. I’m not sure I’d trade a first-rounder to do that, but they do have three picks from the first round last year. Maybe one of those guys could be used (Not Zibanejad, of course)
HELMER: Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen are both late first-rounders that would probably bring back a healthy return. Fans would be quick to forgive if either one landed a Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, or, dare I say, Rick Nash?
GARRIOCH: You and I are thinking alike: Noesen or Puempel as trade bait. But it would take an Erik Karlsson to land Ryan, Perry or Nash.
BAINES: So both of you would trade a Noesen or Puempel? To me, that’s the wrong approach. I don’t think the cupboard is that full yet. To reach the top, teams often have to bottom out. That never really happened here. Give up minor assets, pick up some role players and hope for the best. But I have enough trouble managing my bank account and my house, I sure as hell am not qualified to run a hockey team. And dream on for Ryan, Perry and Nash. You aren’t picking any of those players up with Puempel or Noesen — or both. I have to think media reports of high draft picks, high-end prospects and roster players are not far off.