May 3, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HatterTParty</b></div><div>First names on the trade, as hard as it is to say as a hawks fan, needs to be toews and Kane in that case. Get as close to max return as possible. Ive been playing up a Kane to rangers trade since Kane misses panarin, and the hawks could get a king’s ransom in that trade. Toews is a bit of a wild care due to the cap hit though.
Completely agree though, just the rangers two and a half years ago, if you do it, do it for real! Don’t half ass it.</div></div>
Those two do have full NMC's, so it's not a given to just trade them because one wants to. Plus, with 10M cap hits, that's a big chunk of cap space for another GM to take on in a trade. One also isn't guaranteed to get better in a rebuild within 3 seasons. The Rangers are currently out of the playoffs as well, so I'm hesitant to call it a full rebuild complete.
I think a more prudent approach is to not trade away a top 5 talent like Kane and hope in 3 years one got someone 75% as good. The Penguins went 6 seasons in between Cups with Crosby/Malkin. The Cup window for the Blackhawks is closed right now, but if a few of these defenseman pan out (like Maata did for Penguins), a lucky/smart trade (getting a 30+ goal scorer like Kessel is a stretch, but 20-25 goal guy?). and probably a coach like Gallant....suddenly the window is open again for a season or two.
I always do think it's fair to point out that the pieces for the 2010 Stanley Cup were already with the team when McDonough was hired on...as well as Bowman's promotion and Q being hired. And a lot of the players were already drafted prior to Tallon taking over as well. I feel like a lot of roses are thrown at Tallon when his biggest moves were drafting Toews at 3 and Kane at 1 (both no-brainers), signing Campbell to a cap busting free agent deal and signing Hossa. Keith, Seabs, Byfuglien, and a few others were drafted prior to Tallon.
By all accounts McDonough is great. Thanks to him for the 13 seasons and his role in the 3 Cups.
Looking forward, perhaps it's time for a new voice at top. All of the Fire Bowman chanters should be cautiously optimistic that a new team president will fire Bowman and bring in a new GM. My opinion of Bowman is he's made a lot of mistakes, some good moves, well above average at drafting players, and overall a top 10 GM in the NHL-probably more because a lot of them are just worse rather than Bowman being great. If he is fired, fine, but I'm not fully convinced that a new GM will automatically be better.
Slavin as a top10 D seems very subjective. Pietrangelo, Josi, Parayko, Seth Jones, I hear this Hedman guy is pretty good, Trouba, Giordano did win the Norris this year, Letang, OEL, Carlson, Karlsson (though he might be starting to decline), Hamilton is oft traded but pretty good too...so what I'm saying is while Slavin a very good youngish D at a fairly reasonable 5.3M, top 10 is a stretch even with excluding guys like Burns and Byfuglien.
Honestly, take a breath, fill out a top 20 for yourself, and then think about how many people would agree. If Slavin is in your top 10 the answer is not many.
Cap Space is not a player. It could be a player, but Cap Space does not check anyone, score goals, etc. If one is going to propose a cap dump trade, feel free to use it to say sign Dzingel or trade for Gusev, etc.
The Blackhawks are not in cap hell anymore. After years of being up against the cap, I know it's tough to adjust to this new reality, even if they have trouble next offseason with Strome & Debrincat plus goalie. There's a new CBA coming, where there might be a new buyout. There's going to be a new TV deal in a few years which should push the cap up higher. What I'm getting at is by the time the Blackhawks have put enough of a sweetener for another team to take on Seabrook's cap hit & play him on bottom pair, it's not really worth it for the Blackhawks, especially because it's not really a pressing issue & it's likely going to become less of an issue in a few years.