I'm so torn on trading Simmonds. He is much more than a PP power forward. He's a heart and soul guy. He wears the A. He does a ton for the community. And he has his teammates' backs.
But I get the argument that overpaying him at 30 will give us headaches and cap problems 3-4 years down the road.
I don't agree that he will get in the $8M range. He has reached exactly 60 points twice. That's not worth $8M a year. Put another way, do you think JVR is worth $8M a year?
Why does anyone want to trade Laughton and Raffl ? They are perfect fourth line players. Laughton has 10 goals , which is pretty good and he should only get better, and Raffl is a great utility guy, he can play all the forward positions and when injuries hit, he has always stepped up his game when he plays with more quality linemates.
how do you propose replacing Jake's scoring.
Everytime I see this I think it is foolish it doesn't matter who is saying it either.
the guy leads the team in scoring....leads. the. team.
Unlike Schenn, his game does elevate those around him.
I know "but his contract"... so what ?
If the "braintrust" trades Jake, it better be for Doughty, Laine, Hirschier, or some other like stud.