Roster Thoughts and Offseason Speculation for the 2012-2013 Season III
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08-16-2012, 10:44 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
The most obvious is Hasek. Really? He was done 5 years ago, that is just painful bad. If Bernier is traded, I'd rather Jones or any number of other available options. Hasek is nowhere close to an NHL goalie at this point.
Why is the name of hell would we trade Gagne? He will be HUGE on the 2nd or 3rd line, with a full off-season to train for the first time in a long time. At very least he is a 15-15 type player with very very solid defensive awareness, why trade that?
Westgarth should be nowhere near LA. I've said that ad nauseum, he is simply not even close to an NHL player. Clifford can actually play the game of hockey, he will be the extra guy we put in if we need more size and toughness in the corners/out front. NOBODY needs a fighter in today's game.
Clifford will NOT clear waivers.
Drewiske should be replaced by the winner of Hickey/Muzzin training camp battle. Hickey and Muzzin have much more upside, Hickey likely would not clear waivers (possibility Muzzin won't clear as well), one of them needs to be in the NHL, neither will benefit from any more time in AHL. Give the winner the roster spot, probably get 35-50 games this year, the Kings run of defensive healthiness is bound to break soon. Drewiske should clear waivers and can be the #8 in case of injuries.
Hasek would be a great back-up. Quick should be playing 65 games. During this time, Hasek is a good role model, as he has been there, and done that. He is capable of coming in half-way through a game, and saving a game. He can also start. Even though he is old, he is not a "skater". He isnt using as much exertion, he isnt being hit, and playing on a defensive team like LA, it wouldn't be as hard. And yes, Jones would be getting time, maybe 3-5 games, but not lots. And he would come west to be a back-up because I don't know of him getting any other offers. At least gie him a try-out.
Yes, I want Gagne to play with the Kings, but you cant break up Penner-Richards-Carter line. There are other players that are deserving of ice time, and we know the Kings have an excess of forwards. You cant stick him on the fourth line, and King, and Lewis should be getting time on the 3rd line.
I will give you the Westgarth/Clifford arguement.
As for 7th defenseman, Hickey and Muzzin can stay in Manchester, but for gameday injury, we should be using Drewiske. They are both ready, but we should keep them on the ice.
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