Who do we go after this off-season?
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10-23-2010, 05:10 PM
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Thornton was not a free agent signing. Half a dozen games into Stepan's career, there is simply no concrete way to project his contributions to this team in the future. Anisimov looks like he has taken his game to an entirely different level. Saying we need Richards to act as a buffer for them, when they're already proving to be two of our best players, makes little sense to me.
Trust me, the next major mistake we will so here in NY is "wait and see". We have done a ton of major mistakes, that could be the next one.
If we have to wait and see, its because we can't judge what we have. We don't have that luxury. Anisimov isn't nearly, even remotely, good enough. Stepan have a lot in him, but he is a kid who needs to be given a good environment not just to break into the league, but to take it to the next level, and the next level after that.
Stepan and Anisimov, and the guys in the farm; Kreider, MZA and Grachev; next to Gaborik alone -- thats just not enough offensively. Compliment that crew with one guy who really can get it done, especially in terms of playmaking -- and we might actually really really be on to something. Don't do that -- and we could fall flat.
Thats just my humble opinion, and I could be wrong of course. But I think we should be searching like nuts for a forward who is top notch offensively, and I would be willing to sacrifize a lot of assets for it. Why? Because I really think we have potential on this roster. But potential never develops on its own, unless they are way and beyond top notch. Toews& Kane. Malkin and Crosby. AO and Bäckström. Not Stepan and Anisimov...
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