If the Blues don't plan on signing at least two scoring wingers for a total of at least $3 million between the two of them, then they should start looking for suitors for Tkachuck right now and get rid of him as soon as possible so they can at least get a good draft pick out of what is certain to otherwise be a wretched season.
This whole situation is part of the rebuild - and due to the rule changes can be done in one year. I want us to suck because getting a potential superstar can be done in the draft w/ a top 3 pick next season - Hello Kessel or Meuller - cheap tallent we can have for 7 years.
Finishing just of out the playoffs or getting bounced in the 1st round will translate into a mid 1st round pick - A little bit more of a long shot to get superstar. Can still happen, but not as likely.
Sillinger, Weight, Drake, and Weinrich can all be trade bait at the deadline for teams looking to make a run and not wanting a long term contract. All can add or have an impact - Drake, Sillinger and Weinrich have mid pick level value (3rd or 4th rounders). Weight may garner more due to ability and KT - we can hold onto or dump for the right return (Prospect, 1st and 3rd - due to his extra year). This would help rebuild the prospect pool - especially at forward.
FYI: Think about our Depth at D.
Brewer - Weinrich
Jackman - Backman
Salvador - (Walker, Wych.)
Next season add Wideman, Lynch
Following season add Fitzgerald
Following following season add Polik
Following following season add Jackson
Notice a trend. Each season we add a Dman that has potential to be a 2nd pairing guy. The D is set for awhile. Goal is set for awhile w/ Lalime, 'Cash, Schwartz, and Barulin.
Next season we dump 13 million in payroll at min. and we can retool the offense and the D will be set and will be set for the awhile.
Do I like the Pronger for Brewer and 2 prospects? No and Yes, we lose in the short term, but we may gain in the future. Also note, we would have lost Pronger anyways to FA. This is the KT trade, but from the perspective of Phoenix. (Top tallent for volume).