Thread: Dreger: Gillis targeting Schneider
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08-28-2008, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Hi-wayman View Post
I have to disagree with you. Though the team would not be a strong cup contender, the team as it stands now has enough players to start the season and almost assuredly make the playoffs barring a similar horrendous injury filled season like the last. Any defenseman or centre that Gillis acquires now will be just to add more depth to the list of players already signed. Why would Gillis trade Bieksa or Edler just to get an extra centre to compete against Wellwood, Krog, Kesler, Shannon, Hodgson or Demitea for the 2nd or 3rd line centre spot for the season opener. Would it not be best to wait and see if those already on the team can fill the position prior to trading away a key defensive player?
because, as it stand right now, those guys aren't ideal 2nd line center material. eventually hoghson will be, but if we want to compete now we can't count on the like of krogs or shannon to anchor the 2nd line. demitra is better suited on the wing IMO. i wouldn't want to wait till the season start and find out none of them can handle the responsibility, once you fall behind in the west it is really hard to catch up.
plus with ohlund, salo, mitchell, and if we make the trade, schneider, we have an excellent group of top 4. we can afford to deal either bieksa or edler for offensive help, especially with krajicek still in the system and need playing time. of course we aren't going to sell of bieksa or edler for a declining player, but somebody young and offensive (if we can acquire those kind of player) is acceptable return right now.

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