It pains me, it really does, but I think it’s the right move. Time to blow it up, and tank it. Trade Morris, Ryder, Hunwick, Recchi, Satan, Begin, and Ference for whatever you can get. Maybe a few 2nds and 3rds.
This team isn’t going to make a run in the playoffs barring some miracle. I know it, you know it, management knows it. It is what it is. Tanking sucks, but it’s for the best. Draft 2 in the top 5, add that to our core and you are looking at something good. If they can shed Ryder, they could make a huge offer for Kovalchuk. Then they could be cup contenders. Say they get two of the top 3, then you are really set.
But that’s a pipe dream. And who knows what the picks turn out to be. We could get totally screwed over. Point being, this team is going nowhere. Keep the core intact, try and deal off some of the dead weight and retool in the offseason.