Summer 2012 Free Agency - Part IX: Now With 100% More Dupuis!
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07-04-2012, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by
Coach John McGuirk
You're using the wrong word. We don't NEED to give Sid anything. He can, and will, be the best player on Earth centering Kunitz and Dupuis.
What we do need, however, is to get harder to play against defensively.
Staal to Sutter is going to hurt a bit in terms of offense, but I don't know if we're going to see a significant drop off in terms of defense. Staal wandered away from being a shutdown, PK specialist in his last couple of seasons here, and it showed. He was no longer the Selke-caliber guy he used to be. If Sutter is happy being a defensive guy, I think we'll be fine. We just have to adjust how we play teams.
Sid is coming off a year where he just got over a concussion, took a 60 million dollar discount so we can ice a better team for the term of that 12 year contract, and people on here don't think we need to get him a longterm linemate?
Losing Staal drastically changes the way we produce, especially in tight checking hockey. I'm not going to put all my hopes and dreams in Sid going into god mode with garbage around him and Sutter being a playoff beast.
We have the assets to get him some help, so do it Ray.
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