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07-26-2011, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Wisp View Post
Expecting it to happen in the offseason is expecting a rush job.

Go ahead and have your problem at the trade deadline. Any sooner is just being childish.

Gillis is a patient GM and he will wait for the right moment.
Sounds like Nonis.

I think this need for a 2nd line winger to play with Kesler is almost entirely a fan fabrication. Yes Kesler basically carried the 2nd line by himself last year but we had one of the best offenses in the league (most goals for). BOTH of Kesler's wingers in Sammy and Raymond had what most would consider "off years". Behind those two Higgins also was showing some chemistry with Kesler before his broken foot in the playoffs. Not to mention the addition of Sturm gives another option. That's 4 realistic options for 2nd line wingers but there is unlikely scenario where Hodgson is ready for top 6 duties out of camp.

Yes people will still rant for a more physical option. Yes the Boston bruins were a 'tougher' team but I don't think Gillis is going to model Boston just because they won it all last year. MG has his own pretty good model that I'm certain he intends to stick to.

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