The signing of Andy Sutton today suggests to me we are now in waiting for a Chris Pronger style trade. Three-for-one in an effort to acquire a complete defenseman who can impact all three disciplines. I have no names in mind, but we should be looking for a defenseman making good money on the way to making really good money.
It might be an rfa like Mike Green or Erik Johnson, or it could be a player who may have had some off ice issues (Dustin Byfuglien). Why do I think that’s what will happen? The Oilers signing of Sutton basically means they can bring back all of the men from this year’s blue:
- Tom Gilbert
- Ladislav Smid
- Corey Potter
- Jeff Petry
- Ryan Whitney
- Andy Sutton
- Theo Peckham
If the club is serious about getting better, then standing pat on a team that can see 30th in their rear view is just about the dumbest thing they could do this summer. So, with that in mind, there are three ways to acquire a quality defender with a complete skill set
- draft a Denis Potvin
- offer sheet Shea Weber
- make a three-for-one trade
There is no Denis Potvin in the draft, although I’m pretty certain Edmonton will select one of Ryan Murray, Matt Dumba or Griffin Reinhart. They could certainly OS Shea Weber, but there’s nothing that say Nashville won’t match. Three three for one. The old Pronger trick. I was kind of kidding about Green (huge injury risk) but that’s the kind of deal I see this team making. Their ducks are in order.
And who knows? Maybe Buffalo loses their mind and trades Tyler Myers.