Not sure how many readers caught this in Sunday’s Trib; to recap, these are my suggested moves that GM RAY SHERO make to help improve the Penguins:
No. 1: Call Jim Rutherford: “So, Jim, remember Mark Recchi and 2006? Yeah, let’s chat about Ray Whitney.”
It depends and I'm sure many would disagree with me, but if the Hurricanes are in fact looking for a "first- or second-round pick and a prospect" for a 37 year old hockey player, I wouldn't do it. I would rather throw that trade bait toward a winger who will be around for the long haul so we don't have to look for "that winger" every year around this time and trade away our high draft picks and prospects every year.
No. 2: Dangle Kris Letang: I wouldn’t trade him, but I’d sure let teams know I’d listen to offers.
Once again, I'm sure many would disagree with me, but I would trade him if and only if the right offer came along. If we want that legitimate scoring winger, a player like Letang would have to go the opposite way. Plus, what's the point in dangling him if you are not willing to trade him?
No. 3: Re-sign Matt Cooke: He’d be cheaper to snag now than in late June, and the No. 3 line is worth keeping together.
I wouldn't exactly be opposed to this move.
No. 4: Promote Luca Caputi: Let him play on as a top-line winger now for potential payoff later, perhaps in the playoffs.
Preaching to the choir on this one. Unfortunately, this organization seems to enjoy bringing up prospects, playing them for a couple of games while moving them around from line to line, benching them for a couple of games and then sending them back down to WBS.
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