I don't think this is worrisome at all.
We didn't spend one asset on Trouba, that is a win. We have far more young talent than the Rangers, case and point, Phillipe Myers is already bigger than Trouba. All he needs to do is not **** the bed and he will match Trouba's early career production, and he is not even the most prized of our young defensive jewels.
I rather like the Gudas deal too, Niskanen is a clear upgrade, it is debatable, but not by serious minded people. Look at
Not worrisome at all. Sure, the Flyers could have offered up #11, but there are two bits about this:
- The Jets refused to let anyone talk to Trouba's agent. To me, that indicates that they knew he absolutely planned on testing free agency next year. Note that there aren't even any conditional picks attached if Trouba re-signs. He's a one-year rental. Could he end up signing long term in NY? Of course, but signs point to that not being his current intent.
- Short of offering up
Would you have done the 11th OA and Myers for Trouba?
Maybe the offer from Fletch was 11th and Hagg, and Winnipeg wasn't interested in Hagg.
And apparently Hayes has interest in going back to NYR - I wonder if his teammate being moved there makes it more enticing for Hayes to just do that.
IF the Flyers are 'unappealing' and 'outclassed,' that's not on Fletch, who's been on the job for 6 months.
That's on Hextall.
I think he will replace Myers he is best suited for the bottom pair you play him there he can succeed.
The Rangers didn't and well his numbers are a result. He can move the puck and will help get it out the zone. He is not overly physical and doesn't have the size Trouba had. He is only 6-0 190. Needs to get stronger.
I remember watching the title game his last year at MD when they lost in the finals to Denver. He made the nice smart subtle plays move the puck quick.