Which team will you take? (Canadiens or Lightning)
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06-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
players aside, I'd MUCH rather have Yzerman/Boucher running the team than PG/Martin...
as a fan, it's hard to ignore the emotional connection I feel to some of our key guys, an emotional reaction that doesn't exist when thinking of TB players.
so i'll break it down by position:
C- Lecavalier- Stamkos- Moore- Thompson/Tyrell
C- Plekanec- Gomez- Eller- DD/Halpern
big advantage TB
As much as I like Pleks and as optimistic as I am about Eller, the lightning have 2 guys who are/can be top 5-10 centres in the league.
RW- Gionta- Kost- Darche- Pyatt
RW- St.Louis- Purcell- Downie- Hall
big advantage TB
again, not even close now or in the next few seasons... especially if Purcell is more than a 1-season wonder.
LW- Cammalleri- MaxPac- Pouliot- Moen
LW- Gagne- Malone- Bergenheim
small advantage Mtl
though it was surprising to see that Gagne/Cammalleri had almost identical production this year (52pts/78games for gagne vs 57pts/74games for cammy). I, like most hope-believe that MaxPac will develop into a higher scoring version of Malone, and Pouliot/Bergenheim is a toss-up looking to next season.
D- Hedman- Brewer- Ohlund- Kubina- Clark- Bergeron/Lundin/Jones
D- Subban- Markov- Hamrlik- Wisniewski- Gorges- Gill/Spacek/Weber
healthy, Mtl's d is better (even much better), though remains to be seen who will be re-signed for both teams. With aging vets and one premium young piece for both squads to build around, future will be more about the GM's skill than it will be about current roster players.
big advantage Mtl
while Rolosson was very good for them, he's at the end of his career whereas Carey is just getting started.
position by position, the edge goes to the lightning relatively easily. better high end skill players and better forward depth. despite that, I might still pick the habs group on the grounds that having a stud young goaltender and young #1dman are the best possible building blocks to work from (habs have both, TB only has 1), but that is easily offset by having quality coaching/management...
it may have only been 1 season, but both Yzerman/Boucher showed that they are even better than the hype.
it's not to say that PG/Martin are bad, or even not good enough, but neither are the "best" or even in the group to be considered, whereas Yzerman/Boucher are firmly in that discussion.
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