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02-10-2012, 11:54 PM
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MaxPac- DD - Cole
Bourque - Pleks - Gionta
Leblanc - Eller - A.Kost
Moen - White - Palushaj
Darche (or preferably a more physical 13th player)
Subban - Gorges
Diaz - Kaberle/Markov
Sarich-type - Emelin
that's pretty much what we are looking at (assuming Gomez is AHL-bound as he should be) right now, with no major UFA signings and no trades (aside from hopefully some picks for Campoli/Gill this year).
to be honest... I wouldn't be that upset if this is how we started next season.
Without another dose of really terrible injury luck, and with the regular progression of most of the young players, this group should be able to fight for a playoff spot.
IF Markov actually comes back and is even somewhat close to the player he used to be, our team would improve offensively as a result.
Subban, Diaz, Emelin and Weber all being one year older and getting one more summer of training/physical development should help the defensive group be a bit more effective. Adding a veteran dman that plays with some grit to compete with Weber/Emelin for the bottom pairing role should round it out well enough.
same goes for the forwards... Eller, Patches, DD, Leblanc should all continue to improve, while Pleks/Gionta/Bourque/Cole/Kost should be able to deliver at least a similar level of play (if not perhaps a bit more, buoyed by the young guys drawing even more attention from opposing teams/lifting the overall level of play from the fwds).
if it works, great, we have a playoff team without needing to add any more overpaid ufa's (and really, short of Parise/Suter -whom I don't think we have much shot at signing), none of the available ufa's strike me as being worthwhile to outbid other teams for, especially considering that a thin UFA talent crop is likely to mean an even greater price premium on the available players.
If it fails and we end up as bad as this year, then we add back-to-back lottery picks (assuming we don't "screw up" this years potential lottery pick by finishing in the 17-22 range) to our organization, putting us in a very good position looking beyond 2013...
with the talent we already have in place, adding 2 top10 picks (and 2 30-40 picks), plus the flames pick, to our prospect pool, would give us the kind of quality depth to be in a strong position to go after one of those "gem" 2013 UFA's to be (hard to know who will still be there, but right now the list is very tempting... Crosby, Weber, Getzlaf, Perry, Backstrom...
and even if those guys are all re-signed by then, keeping the 2012/2013 draft talent and adding it to the core we have, not to mention guys like TInordi/Gallagher/Kristo/Beaulieu/Ellis pushing for roster spots in the 2013 season and beyond may well be enough to push us into contention.
long way of saying that sucking it up and staying the course, so long as we don't add any more Kaberle-type veterans (contract-wise) or trade any of the young talent/prospect we have for short-term fixes, may very well be the best direction to take at this point.
* and adding the right coach to the mix, with a full camp/preseason to get the team started on the right foot, would go along way to getting the best out of the group...
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