There's no guarantee that tanking will lead to success. It's definitely part of the formula though. We have some pieces in place in Larkin, Mantha, AA, maybe a few others. The key is to get high-end talent to surround them with as quickly as possible. In today's NHL, there's no faster route than tanking. We have so many crap contracts on the books for term that it's going to be a challenge to do that.
Green's a huge asset right now.
Nyquist might be. He might be a big asset next year.
Just because of the premium paid for D if Kronwall plays one more year some team might decide to add him at the deadline.
Howard is a potential asset, but I think a 3rd is the absolute best case scenario for a return on him.
Daley & E might bring decent returns 2 years from now.
I see one, maybe two 1st rounders available from all of that. I don't Daley, E, Kronwall or Howard net us much more than a 3rd.
We don't have much to sell beyond that and that's going 3 years out. All of our current young talent will be in their primes by then. There are no significant reinforcements in the system.
The only other way to get picks is to take on bad contracts. We don't have the cap space to do that unless we also move our young players out.