2016-2017 was a shocking season. Many of us were flat WRONG about Randy Carlyle. Many of us were flat WRONG about the talent and ability of this team as a whole.
I am willing to say that this season was an absolute success, even if it ended bitterly in a series we should have won.
However, this is finally a season where I can say, we actually lost to a team that was at least as-good as we were. Seasons past, I have given them no excuses. I still think that after losing their top 2 centers we should have steamrolled them, but that team was riding high and backup up by a Conn Smythe effort in Rinne.
This team needs to re-tool. They need to shed some fat. They need to dump salary. Need to make one or two KEY trades starting now.
Vatanen. It was nice knowing ya, but as a popular ex-players likes to say "pack your s*". Vatanen needs to be traded to TOR prior to the expansion draft. The only exception is if BMGM doesnt feel he can get an extension done with Fowler. Vatanen or Fowler need to be shipped prior to the expansion draft; Vatanen, first out the door.
Bieksa -waive your NMC or enjoy your buyout check
Perry - please talk to BMGM about a possible trade, or turn your s*wagon around and start playing like a $8mil guy again.
YOUTH - keep it up. future is bright. Montour really impressed me in this last series. Theodore has to stop trying to impress so much; he can do it without trying. Ritchie, just work on your situational awareness a bit and continue on whatever plan RC has for you. Kase, time to start being more consistent. If you dont, you'll got he way for Bobby and Palmieri.
We could be seeing some new, young faces in ANA next season. Going to have to be open to some trades in order to give some balance to our blueline.
Berier/Eaves - BYE. Will probably both cost too much. Berier would be ok at $2mil. Eaves has a bad injury record; unreliable.
Im bringing Thompson back. Holzer can be resigned. Stoner is being moved with Vatanen; Ill take a lesser package back.