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In reality the guys I wanted the most were Shea Weber or Lubo Visnovsky. We missed out on Weber and it doesn't look like Lubo will be coming back to the NHL anytime soon. He's a great example of a puck moving d-man, he's got the hard right handed shot with brilliant accuracy and he's almost guaranteed to put up 10-15-20 goals which is phenomenal for a defenseman. His only flaw is every now and then he's bested by your Kovalchuks, your Heatleys, your Havlats etc any guy who can dance around a d-man, but who doesn't fall flat on their face when it comes to those guys? Hell, I love a defenseman who can score and you know what, we could definitley use some of that. Especially if our boys up front don't start steppin it up.
I mean there's a bunch of possible options, I mainly just threw Hejda's name out there because I'm predicitng Colorado's gonna miss the playoffs again and be willing to move a couple guys, with the exception of Erik Johnson who's a young strong defenseman who has a nice scoring touch and Landeskog who's eventually gonna grow to be an excellent top 10 goal scoring forward. But as far as Hejda goes, he can always be found wherever the puck is and he's not afraid to jump in front of a hard slap shot, which at this time, we're lookin like we need to throw Bryz a bone here with that type of help. He's delivering some tight *** netminding right now but all the guys in front are leavin him hangin, there's only so much he can do.
Last edited by Ernie Hudson; 01-23-2013 at 06:02 PM.
honestly, idk about this offense. Too soon for any decisions on that matter with Briere missing, but Briere is sadly the only legit goal scorer/sniper left on this team. MAYBE Read will develop into one. But...
-Giroux and Voracek are really best as playmakers (Giroux can obviously shoot, but lets face it hes a playmaker)
-Hartnell and Simmonds are power forwards who can put up dirty goals.
-Couturier, Schenn, and Laughton are your 2way/effort guys.
By no longer having JVR and Jagr, I think this team has a huge void in the regular season goal scorer dept. NYR rely on Gaborik (and now Nash), Devils have Kovy, etc etc. Not like JVR ever managed to fill that role for this team, but the idea was any day now he would be the guy.
I start looking into goal scoring snipers on the trading block for whenever the deadline is. Only one I can think of is the obvious in Mr. Cherry Hill, because I really think this team needs their shoot-first go-to-guy for 30+ goals in a season. Cant expect Hartnell to pull that off every year.
Last edited by Randall Stevens; 01-23-2013 at 07:37 PM.
not looking good......hartnell either broke or fractured his foot
so tomorrow night we'll see last years offense, but without JVR, Jagr, Hartnell, Briere, or Schenn.
That top pick in the draft is looking good!
JVR update. 3 points against the Pens, was dominant. Is the first sighting of him in the three games.
They were ranked below (no particular order):
In fact, mid-season at the all star break, ten (10) teams had better odds to win the Cup.
ehhh I agree with Cubs, I remember post trades/free agency last year and the "experts" were all predicting the Kings would go far (mainly after the Richards deal and signing Gagne)
Last edited by Randall Stevens; 01-23-2013 at 11:08 PM.