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Forum: Armchair-GMThu. at 2:06 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>LGB314</b></div><div>I agree his value is higher than its ever been since signing his contract and would garner a decent return, my position on trading binner is just that it would signal full rebuild as opposed to this re-tool or however the management wants to describe it to fans. We can sit and debate whether its wise to trade binner and im sure we'd agree on a lot of points, but for me, trading binner would indicate to the fans, management is shutting this thing down for the next 3-5, top out at 50-60pts a year and rebuild through the draft. At that point is anyone not named Thomas untouchable?</div></div>

Yeah they're trying to do a difficult thing - trying to build a future roster without saying "rebuild" out loud or hitting rock bottom - but I think you can justify dealing #89 and #50 as part of a re-tool. They're not core players in the 2027-2030 window that is more or less written on the wall. Armstrong should be stressing to the fans that he's going to ensure that the prime of Thomas and Kyrou isn't going to be wasted in a long rebuild. Instead he's saying "yeah I could trade my 4 best players and be bad until 2035" which is just maddening. Nobody is asking for that. We simply want a couple more high end pieces to be ready when it's time to really push. Those pieces are gonna be really hard to find if your ammunition is 16oa picks and free agent contracts.

About your title, do we think they've already got something in the works?
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Forum: Armchair-GMApr. 18 at 1:25 p.m.
Thread: More ReTool
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>AC14</b></div><div>I’m more concerned about the Kyrou and Thomas iteration of the core. I’d consider those two and Parayko the core currently.

I think the most beneficial thing we could do would be to add a solid defenseman in the 24-27 age range. However in order to do that, we’re going to have to cut bait with either Krug or Faulk which I don’t think is a huge deal.

Ultimately I think the plan will be to middle out like this while contracts expire and then once they do make a large splash with a UFA defenseman if we can’t find one before. The issue with that is it’s rare those higher end caliber defenseman hit UFA status, because as we can all see, when you let one go you create a massive problem trying to stop gap or piece together the hole that’s left behind.

It’s definitely not a perfect plan, but there really is no perfect plan. I’d imagine we try and find a way to address a 2nd line center and move out a defenseman in hopes of adding another that can profile to be more of a two-way guy than we currently have.

I’d be shocked if our first pick in this draft was a forward, but there’s certainly an avenue where that could happen.

Truthfully I know it’s very unlikely, but I would move our 1st if we could get a guy like Harley out of Dallas.</div></div>

Large UFA splash like shea Theodore next summer would be amazing altho Vegas has done the tough moves to keep guys around in the past so I won’t hold my breath.
Forum: Armchair-GMApr. 18 at 12:23 p.m.
Thread: More ReTool
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>AC14</b></div><div>If our direction is to be worse next season than this I don't dislike any of the moves aside from the Leddy to Pittsburgh move.

However, as exciting as it is picking 10th vs 16th, I don't think it makes all too much of a difference once you look 5 years down the road. Don't get me wrong I would love for the Blues to trade up, but I don't think we're at the point where we can trade Binnington and not crumble. We may not make playoffs again next year, but after this year you have to expect the expectation would be to do so from the front office and from the players alone. Culture and belief in being able to win isn't something that's really too popular on here because you can't quantify it and compare. But I'd venture to guess if we made 2 or 3 moves to sell off pieces and finished towards the bottom of the league next year it would be crippling to the young core that we're building right now.</div></div>

To be honest there's so many different things going on with this team right now that I can't tell what direction is the right way to go. Hopefully Doug chooses one.

By my assessment though, rougher goaltending would've made this season the low-water mark. Now that might still happen this-coming year - with or without a Binner/Hofer combo (goaltending can be fickle). As exciting and promising as some of the younger guys are, they're not all here yet. And the veterans are just getting another year older, slower, etc. Wouldn't be the worst thing to be patient for another year and try to make some low-risk, high-reward moves to set up for the future.