Thread: Line Combos: 2011 vs 2012
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07-06-2012, 09:01 AM
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You can't really put Markov in for last ssn's roster...

I agree however that this ssn's roster doesn't look much better.

Nothing MB could have done really though... Armstrong and Prust are solid additions for depth. The way the roster is set up, he had to give Bourque a shot at bouncing back. And Kaberle isn't exactly a perfect fit, but he's still a solid top 6 dman and wasn't a case for a buyout, but he was also taking away a roster spot that could have been used to try to field a better team.

In the next year or two, Kaberle and Gomez will be out of the picture and it will be much easier to navigate then. Hopefully Bourque turns it around and becomes a productive player or is shipped out one way or another.

Wheter this team is actually improved over last season will depend heavily on Markov's health and performances, Kaberle's performances, Subban and Emelin's development, Bourque's performances and (to a smaller extent) Eller and Diaz's development and Armstrong's ability to bounce back and stay healthy.

Then there is the Gomez wildcard. If he regains some offensive abilities in the new system, he could be tradable or good depth for the team.

And of course, a different system under Therrien than JM. We'll see how it goes. Will be interesting.

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