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06-28-2011, 07:32 PM
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How would it be worst considering that you'll pretty much have the same defense while swapping Wiz for Markov and having Subban and Weber more experienced plus a young hard nosed Russian inserted in the rotation...
Is losing Sopel, Picard and Mara that bad?
Weber is basically a spare part, he virtually has no impact. It is unlikely that Subban can be much better than last year, and Markov will not outperform Wiz by enough to make up for his departure. Plus, we have a total of 0 dmen who can be counted on to be the trigger man on the pp, which means we can pencil ourselves in for a bottom 5 pp. Our pk should be good, but it was already among the best in the NHL, so we gain nothing. By adding Hamrlik we basically have to hope that our forwards to decide to contribute about 40 more 5 on 5 goals this season, actually, probably more like 60 when you factor in that our powerplay will be terrible. You seem to thinklast year's defence was top 5 in the NHL (which you basically have to be to win the cup). It was not, and no top 5 defence in the NHL will have Hamrlik in the top 4. Its just not possible. Since we already have our bottom pairing set, we are looking for a top 4 dman. Hammer is NOT a top 4 dman on a contending team. Not anymore. If we sign Hammer it doesn't matter what else we do this off-season, it won't matter, because we will have surrendered any real chance of success by running with just 2 legit top 4 dmen. If we can't sign Wiz, then we have to after Ehrhoff or Kaberle hard, if we miss them, then we have to work on a trade, but I would rather miss entirely on the legit top 4 dmen and be forced to send out Weber every game than simply think that last year's team is due for a cup by adding an older Hamrlik.
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