These are desperate times, my friends. And they call for desperate measures. Just to run down the events of the past couple of weeks:
- The Preds trade for James Neal at the draft. It costs Horny and Spaling, but most people see this as an upgrade to the offense. Yeah! Things are heading in the right direction! Now we wait and see who the Preds sign at the start of free-agency.
- Uh oh. Every major free agent takes a pass on Smashville. It seems our only recourse is to train up all the 10 year-old hockey players in the area with the hope that by the 2030 season, someone will come here to "play close to home".
- The Preds sign Olli Jokinen. This is a good depth move...short term, reasonable dollars. Still, we're left with the feeling that this isn't the end. Surely the Preds have something more up their sleeve, right?
- Uh oh again. The Preds announced yesterday that Mike Fisher had surgery LAST THURSDAY to repair a torn achilles. We'll see him in 4-6 months. This is the opposite of good news, obviously.
So, we've weighed the pros and cons. Personally, I'd be a big fan of this move, as it would add a proven scorer to the mix while not adding term and killing future cap flexibility. Are there risks? Sure, but they're pretty small, and given the available options, this one makes the most sense to me. What do you think?