more from my friend, MINN STH...
so watching Fenton's comments after these deals, they seem to be contradicting and he doesn't have a clear plan that reflects what he's doing.
after acquiring Rask he says he puts a premium on centers and then turns around and moves two guys who can play center for wingers, which he put a premium on.
said yesterday they are too old and slow yet he hasn't moved anyone over the age of 27 (other than Hendricks for a 7th which was his best deal to date!) and has had two deals rumored in place for Zucker (ARI before season and CGY yesterday) who is the fastest player on the team...and again relatively young.
says this is not a rebuild and these moves are for now, despite clearly moving backwards with these deals. sure Donato and especially Fiala might be great, but they clearly aren't there yet. the Staal contract meshes with not being a rebuild but if you want the definition of old and slow, Staal would be it (obviously has other redeeming qualities). another good, cheap deal but if there is another no trade on it they again aren't going to be able to move him easily when they inevitably are not in a good playoff position the next two years.
worst of all he said Rask is a goal scorer with upside and the guy seems to fall in love with his opinions on players so Fiala is obviously cursed now.