So i got to thinking about next season and i am just wondering what would make next year a success. Personally i really feel this team needs to rebuild but i honestly don't see it happening, i don't think the higher ups are ready to lose even more money waiting for a good team. IMO
Vokoun should be traded at the draft after seeing what the Ducks got for Pronger, a 36 year old aging d man, the Panthers could get a ton for Vokoun from a team like the Caps, Hawks, Stars or any other team looking for a starting goalie. I would be looking for a high 1st, top 6 forward, top pair d man, 2nd, 4th. I believe a team would be willing to give that much for Vokoun.
Then there are guys like Weiss, Olesz, Horton, Booth, McCabe. Out of these guys i would really like to see Weiss, Olesz, Horton go all these guys have never lived up to there potential and need to be moved now while people think they still have some. Horton and Weiss could fetch you some decent specs and picks i doubt Olesz gets you much. I think hanging on to guys like Booth and McCabe is the right move because both these guys are charcater players and bring leadership to this team and that's something we haven't had much of.
I do think the future is bright with guys like Ellerby, Reprik, Matthais, Kulikov, Markstrom + a few other young guys. I really think we have started to build a good team we just need to move the money guys and pick up a few young guys in trade and we should be a playoff team in a season or 2. I know we haven't seen a sniff in 8 years but don't hang your head with Debour behind the bench and some young guys coming up i think this team is headed in the right directions ans it better be or things could get really bad for this franchise.