There’s some hyperbole up there in that title.
Still, Pominville was the consummate core player – the most consistent player on the most inconsistent team. This is a team desperate to find consistency. The simple fact that it is willing to trade it away spells doom for the remaining vets on this team. (Or glory. Frankly, a trade to a contender isn’t such a horrible thing.)
Here’s the absolute certain future of most of our remaining vets:
Jochen Hecht – pretty sure he’ll actually survive this season, physically.
Thomas Vanek – is all sad that he lost neighbors and stuff. But people get fired from jobs and have to leave Buffalo to look for employment all the freakin’ time, so he should still just consider himself lucky Kevin Lowe paid for his family’s mortgage (for the next 5 generations). If the “rebuild” happens as quickly as it did for the Blue Jackets, he may stick around. Or not. Dollars aside, we all know he deserves a legitimate shot at a Cup.
Ryan Miller – Dude is PISSED. He wants out. I’m pretty sure he’s run out of lovely buildings to take pictures of anyway. Good luck Millsie. Hope you’re not traded to a team that has to face Crosby in the playoffs next year.
Drew Stafford – amnesty buyout.
Ville Leino – will compete hard for Stafford’s amnesty buyout.
Gerbe – will reap the rewards of the aforementioned amnesty buyout. Or be cut.
All the rest – need a new coach/GM.
Should be fun.