I don’t know why they are too stupid to fix their goalie situation.
If they have any competence whatsoever they can reboot some new looks around Drai and McDavid.
Start by building a personal line for both of them except when they are different.
Scratch that, start by hiring Q. Q will come and save them.
Well, how many 1OA picks did they squander? Says a lot about the Oil organization.
The biggest issue I see with them is that FA talent is expensive and trades don't always work out. Sometimes you get Panarin. Somtimes you get Saad. A critical mass of talent has to be homegrown and that needs to be more than just McJesus and Drai. Top tier defense is expensive, and even as the 'hawks proved post 2015, the wrong depth pieces gets you nowhere irrespective of top talent.
Being where the Oil is, A top-tier goalie won't be enough. They need D as well,
and you're talking 3-4 pieces all over 5M each--possibly closer to 9M for their top 2.
The cheapest way is to develop, and if the Oil continue to get into the playoffs abd get bounced it'll be harder for them to get the talent to homegrow.
Allocating 25% of a team's cap to two players is without a doubt a challenge to any GM and it demands the remaining 60M is allocated properly.
The team was still payin' Kane,JT,Seabs,CC and Keith over 39M back in the summer of '19' yet a failed GM STILL had 20 million and a bunch of assets to squander......how do you NOT improve your team spending 20M and a bunch of assets? Had enough space to get MAF and give the bank to Jones too.
I know that's just a lotta water under a low bridge now but that remaining space after paying your stars HAS to be used properly. The Canes made the ECF a few years back with a total payroll of 65M. It seems to me that the Oil get a LOT from the 21M they pay McD and Drai .............do they get enough from the remaining 61M of cap space is their problem IMO.
Sid and Geno won three and both have missed time with serious injuries along the way,Ovi/Backstrom shoulda won more or at least reached more finals........how a franchise boots their cup winning HC the following summer,I'll nevr know!
Exactly, Stan fukkored the team up good.
Sid and Geno have 3...with a LONG gap between the 1st and 2nd. Not all of that was injury, they did have some depth issues as well which they navigated better than Bowman. A lot of Ovi's time was also the Ovi show...
Meanwhile, how many players in our runs can we look to which had a significant contribution?
Toews, Kane, Keith, and Seabrook, obviously. Ditto with Crawford, Hjammer, Sharp, and Hossa. You can also add Campbell, Saad, Niemi, Bickell, Buff, Darling and Oduya to that list. Right there is over half the lineup of guys doing more than being passengers, and in many cases a lot of them were playing well above their cap hits...even nicing out Keith and Hossa's tecapture deals.
My point was that the oil right now seem more like late 2000's eay 2010's caps: all their eggs are in the McDraisaitl basket (like the Ovi basket).
They say the Hockey Grail is the hardest trophy to win. I think a lot of that is because it takes a team. If it took a superstar, Ovi would have more. If you could buy it, tge Rags would have had more before the 2005 lockout.