If we trade any of our younger dmen it should be Vatanen. He's the one who needs a contract after this season.
Which makes him less valuable.
I'm not saying that as a "gotcha", only saying it in that as much as we (and DATW) love Vatanen, he's not gonna be valued as much as Cam.
As to JLL's point, well he's right but I think the organization is pretty close to desperate. If we get to a point where the 8th spot is out of reach, and we get there by, say, Christmas, then this is going to be a massive financial hit on the club. As much as we might be die hards here, that rink is gonna be empty with a 13th place team and/or full of out of of town fans getting STH's tickets for half price (or free). It's not just an "oh no we wasted a year of Getz and Perry" it's a "if we are in last place a month from now that's gonna cost us 15 million in revenue this year".
The choices laid out by the media are:
Fire the Coach
Trade for a Scorer
Now, I agree with you. Trade for a scorer is a DUMBASS idea. No one is gonna give you a SCORER unless it's a guy that scores and is sucky at everything else, or unless it's a guy having a Beleskey season UNLESS you give them way overvalue right now. And what good is a scorer gonna do us if he isn't scoring like 3 a game?
My suggestion remains - stick with the plan. I'm sorry but still I say 10 games does not mean your team sucks. Fire the coach if you have to cause I never thought it's him that made 13th place into 1st place and I don't think it's him that turned Cup favorite into Worst team in the league, so unless you are giving some bum a 10 year contract go ahead and can Bruce if you HAVE to do something.
IF and ONLY IF you find that the season is done, then you start looking for a team that might OVERPAY to have Cam Fowler (or whoever not picking on him) be the guy that puts them over the top and get some high potential or even PROVEN young forwards in here, preferably one that is better than Silvfer and Sekac etc.
The alternative is just a "shake up" deal. Trade a mid level player for a mid level replacement just to change the "energy" and attitude around the team. Kind of a "what could it hurt" move.
I don't think in the entire history of pro sports anyone as played 1/8 of the season in last place, and just been able to make a phone call and pick up a grade A player for fair value. So the media's constant trade talk to me is stupid. It's not gonna happen and if it does it would be stupid.