May 29, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Lenny7</b></div><div>I never said it's not important to have a top flight center or two. It's very important. It's also important to know your team.
Let's just go at it this way: Anaheim has about $60 mil wrapped up in cap spending's next year. Terry, Guhle and Shore will get a modest raise, but the rest of their core is locked up, leaving somewhere around $18-22 mil in cap space to fill the 2 holes that I've spoken about, at RD, and maybe even find a top line goal scorer.
We can assume that Pietrangelo is most likely resigning in St. Louis. After that, Krug, Barrie, Shattenkirk and Schultz could be available. If not, there's a bevy of trade options for them to use with that cap space. All of the sudden, this team has depth and great goaltending (something that every one of those teams that has won or gone deep has had).</div></div>
But Getzlaf just isn't a top elite centre anymore and after him, it's not like you have a superstar.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Lenny7</b></div><div>Ok, I'll bite...What you're saying is to rip it apart because they're short on D? Here's a short list of teams with your coveted "franchise centers" that are really, really showing the world how hockey works:
The Leafs have 2 franchise centers, and will struggle to make the playoffs.
The Oilers have 2 franchise centers (granted, one is a winger now, then add RNH), and struggle to make the playoffs (Though they're leading the Pacific today).
The Panthers have what I would consider 2 franchise centers and haven't been making the playoffs.
The Sabres have a franchise center, also haven't been making the playoffs.
The Stars have one, that's went pretty well...
I'm sure I'm missing some obvious ones here, but this was just a quick browse.
The NHL today is all about depth, a strong D core, and being able to run 4 lines. Add a couple of RHD to the Ducks roster, and they have that. Start subtracting and you're wasting prime years of one of the best goalies in the NHL (If not the best).
End of the day, I'm not against trading anyone off of the Ducks, but it's gotta make sense, and this doesn't.</div></div>
Sure let's just go ahead ignore, Pittsburgh, Chicago, La, Washington, Boston, Tampa, St Louis, San Jose and Colorado. Yeah it's definitely not important to have a top flight centre or two. None of those teams found success that way.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Lenny7</b></div><div>Why full rebuild?
-They've got one of the top 2 goalies in the NHL (If not top).
-They've got a solid young core that is gaining experience this season (Comtois, Steel, Terry, Mahura, Guhle, Lundestrom), with guys like Olivier-Groulx and Morand coming along.
The Ducks are a top 4 RHD away from being a potential playoff team, and with their cap space next summer, are another piece away from being a scary team in the Pacific. Trading Manson only puts them farther than that away.
As for the return on the trade, there's certainly quantity there, but if they were open to moving Manson, there'd be higher quality offers.</div></div>
None of that core is elite. They are good pieces but you need a franchise centre or two. Annahiem needs to move out what they can that is over 26 and start fresh.
Also Manson had one really good year 2 seasons ago and hasn't been blow the doors off at all since then. He's right handed and that makes people on her go wild for him but he's just a good right handed defensive defenceman. Players like him are great to have but they aren't superstars.