Maybe we should think long term and just send Morgan Rielly down. I look at Tyler Myers, Luke Schenn, Cam Fowler, lots of young Dmen have burst into the league as teenagers in the last few years and then regressed after a good rookie season. It’s easy to ruin a young Dman and not get him back on track. I think there could be a ton of pressure on Rielly here, and that we should not throw him to the wolves.
We will be slightly worse on the back end, but we’re less likely to win a Cup this year then we are next, or the year after. I think its the sensible thing to do.]]>
Gardiner is actually killing the Leafs right now, but I don’t care. I’d rather be patient with him. I really like Nonis’ philosophy. He said he doesn’t believe in trading talented young defensemen. Good for him.]]>
The major need I see is a top 4 true RHD that plays with an edge. He doesn’t have to be huge, but solid defensively, tough to play against and can log 20 minutes. Unfortunately that type of player will be a $3.5 cap hit or higher likely and would require giving up a valuable piece(s) plus make cap room. That spells Gunnar or Gardiner +(ie Kulimen or other cap it) to acquire IMO. I would like to keep both those guys, but I’m not sure both will be here by end of season.
I also don’t expect anything to happen til after about 20 games at the least unless we head into a bad slide.