Thread: Proposal: Atl - Njd - Tor
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08-05-2009, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhodes 10 View Post
peverley was on waivers because he is not good in a bottom six role

he must stay in the top 6 to be effective

kozlov also played the whole season with multiple injuries the season before and his stats that season are a clear anomaly when looking at his career

the fact is we just don't have room for another top 6 player without shipping another out and we aren't going to do that until we see if peverley will continue to be an effective top 6 player

in other words we won't bring in anyone for our top 6 until the season starts
In Nashville. If he's put on a scoring oriented 3rd line with 15-17 minutes of icetime he can still be very effective. If you want a Sami Pahlsson type performance out of him like Trotz did, then yeah, you're gonna be disappointed.

Atlanta could essentially afford to spend 90% of its time at ES on the attack if this deal went through, especially if they sign someone like Seidenberg, which would allow for 3 puck moving squads.

A hypothetical team of

Kovalchuk Zubrus Antropov
Kozlov White Little
Armstrong Peverley Kane
Thorburn Reasoner Slater/_____

Bogosian Enstrom
Kubina Hainsey
Valabik Seidenberg


Is a legitimate cup, let alone playoff contender, especially if Slater's place is taken by someone like Betts. That top 9 constitutes a top 10 if not top 5 offense in the league, which has a good dose of everything - scoring and playmaking ability, puck protection, physical play, boardwork, forecheck, net crashing, defensive awareness, you name it. Defense is also in the top half of the league, possibly top 10, since Bogosian should have twice the impact this year as he had last year (when he was a rookie and battling through a broken leg), and the addition of Kubina is huge (as would an addition of Seidenberg, if they actually did it). Powerplay would also be one of the best in the league, and a PK with options Reasoner, Zubrus, Little, Amstrong, Kubina, Valabik would likely improve substantially as well. This is a team with literally no real weaknesses if Lehtonen can stay healthy and all the newcomers buy into Anderson's system.

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