Have the Preds improved?
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09-09-2009, 08:24 PM
What's the Pred say?
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
It depends. I want to say that Fiddler and Koistinen leaving was addition by subtraction, but that may prove not to be the case.
It doesn't really feel like we've improved because we haven't signed anyone new for the roster, merely promoted some rookies and given new contracts to Ward and Sullivan. This is something that the organization will hopefully continue to do: keep the players that prove themselves valuable, shed the ones that are replaceable, and promote prospects to fill the gaps.
For all the flak that the front office has taken over not getting another scorer, Poile has done a very commendable job of giving the team some flexibility in the bottom six, signing a handful of players with something to prove in addition to our prospects.
Personally, I don't expect us to finish much better than where we did last year, especially the way the division has changed. St. Louis gets EJ, Brewer, and Kariya back; Chicago adds Hossa in December; Columbus gets Brassard back, and their talented young guys (Filatov, Russell, and Voracek, in particular) all have a year under their belts; Detroit is Detroit, and they'll still be tough to beat even if they may not have the talent up front that they had last year.
We really won't know how much better or worse the team is, though, until we can see them on the ice for about 15 games.
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