Why it's the annual P Kane to Buffalo rumor. LOL. Not happening. Botterill isn't giving up Sam and our top pick for Kane. He is not going to add a high paid star player near 30 at the expense of the core of the franchise. We did enough of that stuff under TM. Jbot is going to finally build the team correctly.
We did? What players did we add that were highly paid and near 30 years old, that cost us any pieces of our core?
Certainly wasn't O'Reilly, Kane, Okposo, Bogosian, Kulikov, or Lehner...when we got them, they were all 25 years old or younger.
Some of them might be highly paid, but you could argue we won every single one of those deals, especially O'Reilly and Kane.
Some people hate Lehner and Kulikov. But some people, like me, think it was worth the shot. That's a different debate, but they weren't close to 30, nor were they highly paid, and they didn't cost what I would define as "core" pieces.
Gorges? I wouldn't say a 2nd round pick was part of our core. Moulson? We got assets for him, and then re-signed him when everyone still thought he had something left.
In fact, besides Ristolainen and McCabe, whom he got under great contracts, Tim Murray gave us the entire core we are so excited about...Eichel, Reinhart, O'Reilly, Kane, Okposo, Guhle, Nylander, and you could arguably throw Antipin in there.
(And I think when we are really good the bulk of our depth will come from him as well, with kids like Asplund, Pu, Fasching, Smith, Hagel, Borgen, Fitzgerald, Nelson...and I wouldn't sleep on Nyberg, my pick for a surprise late-round prospect.)
* Tim Murray did a solid job, especially when you consider he oversaw a massive, full-blown, top-to-bottom rebuild.
Edited by Dank Dangleson, 15 June 2017 - 11:25 PM.