July 1: Free Agency Day -- (Knuble update #598)
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06-29-2009, 01:35 PM
Why So Serious?
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At this point I don't know if they can afford any of them and still address the wings... They are losing approaching 60 goals if Knuble leaves; Briere makes up for some of that, if he stays, but the once strong three lines are now two strong ones and wing and a prayer -- pun intended -- The other center may have to be a bargain basement fit.
I don't know. That's kinda like asking "what will the Wings do without Hossa's 40 goals". Don't forget we will have a full season of Giroux and a full season of Briere (hopefully). People have to understand that it wasn't going to be possible to keep 3 dynamic scoring lines forever. The salary cap simply doesn't allow for it.
This teams problem isn't scoring goals, and it won't be because of the loss of Lupul, nor the possible loss of Knuble. We will score goals. The biggest concern is keeping goals out of our own net, and being a stronger 5-on-5 team. A 3rd line center who can check and take faceoffs is vital (IMO), and of course there's the addition of Pronger (who will also help the offense transition up the ice).
Of course, some more backchecking by the forwards, along with Emery being solid between the pipes would help greatly as well. We're gonna look a little different than the past couple seasons, and we should. We need to worry less about how many goals we score, and more about just scoring more than the other team on a nightly basis. If Homer does this right, that goal should be achieved.
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