i agree that the team needs players like matt read, which is why i believe changing this team too much ultimately will do more harm than good.
all this talk about "you're gonna have to trade one" and "who's the most expendable"....it's stupid. this is a young team that needs to be kept together.
while i agree matt read is the type of player you need to win a cup, the fact is he really is the most expendable. he's not going to get much better than he already is. he played 4 years of college hockey. he's 26 years old. what you see is about what you're going to get from him, give or take maybe 5 goals and 10 points. he's a nice player, but his ceiling is low.
guys like Couts and Schenn are on another level. honestly, it's unfair to compare Read to these guys. it's unfair to Read. he's not in the same class. he's got 5-6 years on these guys. Read was playing college hockey when these guys were starting in the NHL. hell, Couts was putting up 96 points in the QMJHL for the second consecutive season when Read was just about to start his freshman year of college. you can't compare Read with those two, it's unfair to Read. he's not their caliber of player.
and yes, i know, Couts and Schenn are both natural centerman. i disagree however when it is said that Schenn doesn't play the wing well. again, he just turned 21. if you want to make him into a wing, you have plenty of time to do it. hell, G was drafted as a RW and played RW his whole life until about 2 years ago. and yeah, i know, he's G. point still stands: Schenn is 21, not 25 or 26. if you want him to play wing, he'll play. i honestly don't think he cares where he plays as long as he gets ice time.
i also don't agree that there aren't any shooters among these guys. are they snipers?? absolutely not. that being said, Couts and Schenn can really shoot the puck. again, they're young. it's a matter of them finding their niche in the league and becoming more aggressive and assertive on offense (more in Couts's case in particular) and becoming more comfortable as guys that serve a purpose on this team and are counted on to win.
there's no need to go trading any of these guys, i don't care how much the team struggles this season. bobby ryan, pk subban, shea weber, whatever. if the deal can't get done without including them, i don't see the need.