whysoserious wrote:Opening a spot for Kadri to play the whole year makes sense. Bozak is no answer and though he's solid, this shortened season is the season to let Kadri center the top line for the season and play through it.
Also, as far as opening the roster spot up putting Connoly on wavers, it makes sense to send him down. It doesn't make sense to waste a compliance buyout on a player with an average cap hit that comes off next year anyways. Sending him to the Marlies makes sense, not the buyout. Unless there's a trade to absorb a big deal. There's no big FA's left to sign.
In a shortened year, play all the kids this year as much as possible.
You might get your wish. Nonis sounds like he's talking directly to Gillis, but still the past two moves seem to be pointed at clearing the deck.
"Am I asking the fans to be more patient? Not really, because I understand what they've gone through," he said. "We've got fantastic fans. I don't think you ask the fans to be patient. But we have to be. We have to be. It's up to us to try to put together a team that can win and win for a long time. Our ownership group has made it clear what they want: a winning team that can win for a very long time. They've been very supportive and given us all the resources, we have everything we need here to try and put together a winning team. But we're going to take the time that we need to allow these players to grow. If we can make moves that will fast-track it, we will, but not at the expense of first-round picks and good, young players."