Tis the season...for trades....

So it's that time of year again, when all the teams around the league are either looking to make a big splash with a pickup or start over by moving players. Yes, it is trade season once again. For the last several years, the bolts have been buyers in the market, for the most part. This season though time has seemingly caught up with them and they re-enter the sellers market. I'm not opposed to this though at all. I think it's time to get some new blood into the system and team, shake things up a bit. With not much talent at the NHL level besides the few big names and pretty much no "blue chip" prospects in the pipeline in the minors, some good prospects and high picks coming our way to re-energize the team and system might be exactly what is needed. Sure it may take a couple seasons for it all to workout, but in the longrun it may be the best thing for this organization. It's seems pretty safe to say that Prospal, being unrestricted, having publically called out his coach, and apparently asking for money that's too rich for the bolts to consider, is going to be moved. It bodes well for the team though that he is having a terrific year and will set a new career high for himself in goals, he'll get at least 30. If the bolts are smart, and that is always a worry with Feaster's decision making, Marc Denis (nuff said), they should be able to get a decent prospect or prospects and picks for him. Also, with the Dan Boyle situation. That's a tough one there. Who wouldn't want Boyle, a standout number one defender who oh just happens to be as talented with the puck and on his skates as there is in the league. There isn't a GM in the world that wouldn't give up their first born child just to get his hands on Boyle...well lets hope they wouldn't go that far, but you get the point. With that said it is no secret that Boyle will command top D-man pay and rightfully so. As much as I know the Bolts would love to resign him, that just doesn't seem realistically possible...well unless Oren Koules gets control of the team before the deadline and is willing to open his wallet to keep Boyle. Sadly I don't see him taking over complete control in time to keep Boyle locked up. With that said moving Boyle seems to be the path that will have to be taken. With his talent though he should bring a bounty of prospects/high picks to the team, if they play it right...and god help us on that one. On another site I read someone proposed this, Boyle to the Rangers for Cheraponov...hmm....bank that one. If that were an option I'd pull the trigger on that one in half a heart beat. Or even package Boyle with someone else, maybe Gratton or Kuba, whomever...maybe throw a pick in there too for Cheraponov and Al Montoya? With the players that may and should move from this team, the Bolts could come out pretty well...again, if they play it right. I will be praying nightly that divine intervention takes over and makes things happen instead of just Feaster making the calls...ugh. Anyway, as a Bolt fan I support the team through the wins and losses, hopefully more wins than losses ya know. But it is time to retool the team and build it for the future so there are winning seasons longterm. Also, a high pick in this years draft would be nice too. They have a fair decent shot at the possible #1 pick. If so, a pick up like Steve Stamkos, plus some other decent picks in what is considered a good draft, may be just what the doctor ordered for the longterm future success of the franchise. Lastly, I do think Feaster may be a decent hockey executive but not so great at the whole GM deal. Also, Torts is a great coach but those with that gruff style don't last long because they all come in and whip their team into shape and get results early but eventually the teams tune them out. At this point it seems that is where we are at. So, a new GM and a new coach, coupled with new young players/prospects could be the shot in the arm the team needs now and for the future. Time will tell but it all starts now with the trade deadline, so we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out. I know I'll be praying for change.