Jeff Carter traded to Columbus Blue Jackets
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06-24-2011, 10:21 AM
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Location: Spring Hill, TN
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If Statsny gets traded to LA or Vancouver like rumored... we maybe in a lot of trouble...
LA would be better, Nucks better, Jackets better, and oh wait now they Avs would have a goalie...
This is why I sometimes wish poile would have the testicular fortitude to make a big splash. Fisher was a nice splash, but Fisher is a no name (and rightfully so) compared to Statsny or Carter.
LA got better but Columbus didn't get that much better by adding Carter. They have no D and their goalie is a head case. Until they shore up the blue line they are no threat to us. So what if LA got better. They made the playoffs, we did too. When the teams that didn't make the playoffs get better than us then I'll worry more.
Big splashes aren't are they're cracked up to be. We made a big splash with Forsberg and got bounced in 5 games in the playoffs. We made it to the second round of the playoffs this year for the first time and won games in OT and on the road with consistency in the playoffs for once. Slow and steady wins the race. This team is going in the right direction. It may not be at the pace you or I would like but we are progressively getting better. We have great goaltending and defense. We have a solid team game. If we can ever learn how to score on the PP this team would be extremely dangerous. Deals are risks. Do you mess up chemistry? Do you mess up the team concept?
I'll ask a simple question. If you could give Weber and Suter long term deals like Richards and Carter have, who would you rather have for the next 10 years? As much as I like the offense of Richards and Carter, Weber and Suter are as dominant a blue line pairing in the NHL. If we trade for either of those two, we may not be able to keep Suter or Weber and that would be a huge mistake. I would rather have an elite pair on D for 10 years than two guys that are very good players but not elite like Weber or Suter. That's just my take though.
The draft hasn't happened yet and neither has free agency. Until the next few weeks shake out, I'll hold my judgement on what needs to happen. Poile is not a gambler yet he's built a very stabilized franchise with a solid farm system with coaches and players that fit his style. Sure he's made mistakes but his mistakes aren't giant botches that cost the team years in rebuilds. If you had told me we'd be sitting here with the team we have after the Leipold fire sale I would've said you were crazy. The sale of the team would've crippled most franchises yet we survived. I give Poile a ton of credit for that. While he's not a major gambler, he keeps a solid team on the ice year after year and within a budget that allows us to keep our team. We could go out, trade prospects for guys on long term big money contracts and possibly improve or we can continue on the path we're on and get better with our guys. Look at the Rangers. Big salaries, not a lot of home grown talent, not a lot of playoff success as of late or us, lots of home grown talent, salaries that are relatively normal, a team learning to win as a team. I'll take that any day of the week.
I think Holmgren has lost his mind trading Carter and Richards the same day. They needed a goalie but to unload both those guys, I think that was a bold but stupid move.
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