Ideally; I would try and unload non-core pieces for 2013 1sts and hope to take a shot at MacKinnon, Jones, Monahan, Barkov etc.
Calgary is a team I would look to exploit. They are refusing to rebuild, and throwing them a Grabo/Mac package might be able to get an extra 1st in the right deal.
Then; maybe with Anaheim struggling and losing core pieces Perry and Getzlaf decide to test free agency next year.
Give them matching 7 year, 54 million avg. 7.7. If they cost more then so be it.
Perry – Getzlaf – Kessel
Lupul – Monahan – JVR
Frattin – McClement – Kulemin
Ross – Steckel – Ashton
Phaneuf – Franson
Gardiner – Rielly
Gunnarsson – Blacker
Of course, that would require no playoffs in 2013, which means Burke will probably be given the axe. That may or may not affect our chances at getting Getzlaf/Perry. They may be willing to sign with their old GM and coach for a chance to cement their place as gods in Toronto. (I don’t know if that is a motivation for players; as it is usually the opposite feeling that if they fail they will become whipping boys; but make no mistake; a cup winning team in Toronto would be god-tier in the eyes of the people)
A new GM would probably be more willing to offer competitive contracts.]]>