The trade involving negotiation players happened before draft for the ottawa players. So if it was part of the Holmes trade, Shivers must have had a blanket (i.e. I get any player off your list after the Ottawa dispersal draft).
We signed Durant within weeks of the Ottawa draft, so I suspect he either was on Hamilton's list before the draft or was on Saskatchewan's list in the first place.
In terms of the pressure, I believe it will be on Durant to keep his job. The riders (ET) from an optics point of view will be hard pressed to cut Jyles. Tate could be given his walking papers, but then people will ask why did we go over the cap to protect him if we just cut him.
I don't think unless Crandell is losing more then winning (which I hope isn't the case), he will be the starter for any play off games. The question will be if the games are close will they pull Crandell to let one of the young guns in. I don't think so. The only way I see the young guns getting playing time is during a blow out. Defensively, I don't think we will give up many big games (1 or 2 at the most). Offensively, I am not sure old Marcus can put up those types of numbers. So most offensive blow-out will need to come from the Defense, and I don't think we are as strong this year in the defense to have those types of defensive victories.