Last night on That's Hockey, TSN's Darren Dreger was spitballing as to what each of the respective Canadian teams could do this offseason. When he came time to describe Ottawa's philosophy on whether they would continue the path of developing players or potentially splurge on a veteran, Dreger said this:
"It depends on what’s available. If the right veteran is available, then absolutely – I could see Bryan Murray and the Ottawa Senators pushing hard. But young assets being the operative words here, because Ottawa has done a real good job of stockpiling these young, talented players to get to a point where they can make a move. But keep in mind, this is a really strict budget organization.
There is an outside chance, and people are going to surprised when I say this, that Ottawa does take a run at Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Not to say that Rick Nash has the Ottawa Senators high on (his) list. I’m sure that he would approve playing with the likes of Jason Spezza but when you look at what is necessary to acquire a superstar like Rick Nash, there are few teams that have the young assets (to acquire him) and the Ottawa Senators are one of those few teams.
And Bryan Murray is in a position to wheel and deal and he will go to the goal and has made it be known that Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop are available.
Now what’s the asking price? That’s hard to say. He paid a second round draft pick for Ben Bishop and (Murray’s) not giving him up for less than that, so Ottawa could be a player this week.”
Having already interviewed three goaltenders this past week, Ottawa's interest in drafting another goaltender is pretty transparent. Now with that being said, it wouldn't make much sense for the Senators to move either in a straight up swap for a draft pick. If anything, assuming one of these players is moved, it will likely will be as part of a quantity-for-quality trade package that hopefully nets something better than Rick Nash - an overhyped player whose blend of age (28), salary ($7.8 million for next six seasons), and production (only one 70+ point season in the prime years of his career) should have GMs balking at Columbus' price point in trade negotiations.
With 6 years still left on his huge contract, I can't see Murray wanting to take him on. I'm sure he would easily eclipse his previous best numbers playing next to Spezza, if we are a budget team now, how can that money be justified? With that being said, if a deal that centred on guys like Michalek, Foligno, and Bishop was being proposed, it wouldn't be as bad.
Peronsally, I don't want to sell the farm for a guy like that and would rather we add a couple of defencemen before we had a 1st line winger. After all, there is a good chance we have at least one future 1st line winger already developing in our system.
It would be fucking stupid to move either of those goaltenders. Ride it out this year with Lehner in the AHL and Bishop as backup then trade Anderson next year opening the door for both of these guys to compete for #1.They are both really good young goaltenders and, in my professional estimation, could run with the big dogs.
Nash's career production is similar to Corey Perry:
Don't think Nash is overhyped(overpaid yes) but he's played on one of the worst teams in the NHL and single handedly put up those numbers without much help.
I'm not advocating "selling the farm" for Nash but with our own franchise player nearing retirement, we're going to need some help up front and soon and there's no guarantee any of our prospects will ever hit 70 points in the NHL.
Just playing devil's advocate here on why it makes sense to kick tires on Nash.
I'd move Bishop before Lehner. Lehner is still young, only one of a handful of goalies to win the AHL championship and MVP in the playoffs. His ceiling is higher than Bishop's. Bishop is HUGE and covers a ton of net and there are quite a few teams looking for competent goaltending. Bishop in a package for a Hjalmarsson, Setoguchi, or... is quite possible. Bishop + Foligno (+...) for ... . I sincerely hope we are not going bonkers over Rick Nash, I have never understood the big whoop around this guy. Parise is a decent player, not huge on him as his shot is average. Most of all I would love to see Murray take care of the blueline. The offense will follow if the blueline is airtight.
@SensDew19 @6thsens I like it... They are decent goalies, not great .. Hopefully @CraigAnderson41 stays in #BEASTMODE!