Originally Posted by Carcillo
It would only make sense to counter with Fowler instead of Phaneuf if any of these D-men would be keepers. But I don't see it. His weakest keepers are Marleau and Hossa (and the two rookies but I assume they need to keep some rookies?) and he has Shattenkirk, Schneider, Kesler, Pacioretty and Wheeler to replace them with. Not really room to keep any of Schultz, Phaneuf or Fowler. Atleast I wouldn't keep any of those three.
The more I look at Carcillo's comments...the more I have to agree. Especially if there's no season and you can't cash in on Phaneuf or Fowler over Schultz. That said...the draft pick is an upgrade regardless as long as you get to use it (should next year's draft be cancelled).
I think it's at best a lateral move for the players involved (even though Phaneuf is more valuable now than Fowler and Fowler just as...if not more valueable than Shultz...end of the day...it doesn't matter)...both will likely get dropped...but the pick is a sure thing upgrade.
Still a no brainer for me...I'd accept.