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10-11-2012, 03:06 PM
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Outside of Hamonic, we have no RH defensemen. Some people don't think this matters, but I think adding one more would really help balance things out. Mayfield is probably a couple of years off, and who knows if Russo or Kichton will ever make it to the NHL(same could be said for Mayfield, actually).
Uhhh, you're sounding a bit redundant here. There are some good reasons to want Subban, but saying the Isles don't have enough righty Dmen is truly not one of them.
In Hamonic and Carkner, they have two in the top six. That's as many as most teams have.
You also mentioned Mayfield, Kichton and Russo, who are up-n-coming righties, with particularly Mayfield looking like a real goodin' one day soon. Now, if I remember correct no less than three of the Dmen taken this summer are righties too (Poka, Leduc, Grahame).
With Streit and Visnovsky both set to become UFAs, there's a chance that Hamonic, MacDonald and Carkner will be our only defensemen under contract going into 2013-14. I'd like to think that Streit will re-sign, but him leaving is a definite possibility. Since Carkner is a 3rd pairing guy, we'd only have Hamonic and MacDonald holding down top-4 spots. Even if one of deHaan or Donovan develop into top-4 players by then, that still leaves one open spot. Not to mention another open spot on the 3rd pairing. Reinhart should eventually be a top-4 guy for us(at least), but that is still probably a couple of years away.
All this surely isn't an argument as to why the Isles should create holes on the forward front that cannot be filled from within in order to add to the one position the team has ample depth in, much less one whose skillset presents elements that are present in the current crop of young Dmen and prospects. If de Haan, Donovan and Ness are not ready for the show, then Snow needs to do what you do in the summer: Sign a corresponding UFA.
I just don't see how bringing in a guy like Subban, who is only 23 years old, would do anything but help this team now and going forward. Even if the price is Reinhart, Nelson, +.
Of course he would help, but so too would over a hundred other bonafide NHL players. Your price and that of the OP is simply not something Garth Snow would or should pursure.
If this team is willing to part with two first rounders +, or a surefire future NHL Dman coupled with the team's heart+soul multipurpose enforcer and the fastest guy on the team, then it has to be to address the major need the team is lacking in spades: Bonafide, consistent forward scoring to accompany Tavares and Moulson. That has to be the next major addition. It is currently a disgustingly huge weakness.
Forget the hot-shot two-way Dman - that's the element we have a good supply of from here on out, no matter how large a person's man-crush on a guy like Subban might be.
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