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05-30-2011, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Chubbs View Post
As far as your ideal is concerned, you're right in saying it will likely never happen. There is no such thing as an perfect team, but GMs strive to get their rosters as close as they can get. At this point we have to accept Heatley and what he brings to the team, despite him not being the perfect fit. On the bright side, the team could do much worse. It was obvious he was hurting late in the season and during the playoffs, so if he can stay healthy I'm sure he'll contribute more.

I agree the Sharks need a winger or two with speed to contribute on the forecheck, but I believe the Sharks have more pressing issues at hand. Puck-moving defense is the most important, and I believe a puck controlling forward is second in priority. If the Sharks have room to add speed with whatever cap space they have left, then they should go for it and make the team more complete, but I think it's the least important among their big concerns.

As far as acquisitions go, I'm not knowledgeable enough of players around the league to make realistic proposals, and most posters on the boards are in the same boat. Big names or big market players often come up in these proposals but they are highly unlikely and unreasonable. Luckily I'm not the GM or management so I don't have to worry about it too much.
My point was that each proposed move should close a hole without opening another. Map out an ideal team and if a transaction doesn't get closer to that ideal, don't do it. I wouldn't drop Seto to get another controller because you are then stuck with Marleau/Mitchell which is dramatically less than ideal for first forecheck. The good thing is that generally first forecheckers can be relatively cheap (the less of a shot that they have, the cheaper they are).

Also GMs tend to go bird in hand before all other issues. They won't intentionally open a hole hoping to close it with a second transaction. Unfortunatey, DW has done this a few times. Under the conditions of what the coaches will choose and what the Sharks need on the blueline, that is the primary reason why I can go along with inking White to a new contract.

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