Outlook for next season
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06-09-2010, 10:43 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
The outlook for next year is very good.
Halak proved to be a world class goalie this year and Price played well but mostly he matured and seemed to have resolved some off ice and attitude problems. If we both, wow, what a pair. However, keeping either one and trading the other will bring a very solid player back our way and our goaltending will still be top notch.
Just the addition of PK Subban for the whole season makes us better. Add to that the chemistry that Gorges and Gill developed, another year of experience for OB, Spacek looking more and more confortable on the right side and Markov hopefully healthy once he comes back.
It took most of the year for the players to gel and they finally did in the playoffs. Gionta, Gomez and Pouliot should be better and healthier. Plek (assuming he resigns) with Cammy are a top notch duo. A healthy AK46 should contribute more (especially with his brother gone). Lapierre will be better. A full year with Moore as well as the way Pyatt played in the playoffs and we have a very solid third line. Pacioretty should be better. White might be ready. Desharnais might be ready. There is cap room to sign a solid Colby Armstrong type player.
In took a while, but Jacques Martin got his message across and the players bought into it.
So, the wildcards are Plek, AK46 and who they can get for either Price or Halak. If they resign Plek, if Andrei plays close to his potential, and if they get a Backes-Carter type player for Price... they will be much improved.
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