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11-24-2012, 01:58 PM
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ReginKarlssonLehner
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Originally Posted by Nac Mac Feegle View Post
Goof grief. We have no idea if any of our rookies are going to pan out. Ceci is 3 years away minimum, our top defensive rookie/sophomore is out for the year, Wiercoch is still in rebuild mode after his injury...and we have no idea if Ziggy and Silv can adjust to the North American game.

Last year Karlsson had a dream season, we had great goaltending for the first time in years, Alfie & Spezza were relatively healthy...and we still barely squeaked into the playoffs with the 8th seed.

The odds are pretty damned good that Toronto (at the very least) will be better, along with the Islanders and Canes. There's a very good chance we won't make the playoffs this year (or whenever we get back to playing).

Why get saddled with a handful of free agent contracts now? Why not wait for at least another year to see what's going to happen? We don't even know if Alfie will be back this season (if the lockout drags further).

We just need to wait this out a little longer. Give the kids a year to see how they grow in the NHL, then evaulate what we need and make informed decisions from there.
Ceci is 1-2 years ago from the NHL. Heck, with Cowen down, I wouldn't be surprised to see him play some games in Ottawa if there is no lock-out this year. He is as NHL ready as prospects get. Just case of developing a defensive game suitable for NHL requirements.

Lol, what makes the Leafs better that doesn't make us better? Leafs got JVR.. That's it.

We have an improved Turris who could score 50 points and play solid defensive 2 way game. That is ENORMOUS upgrade to the team compared to last year within itself. We had something along the lines of 2:1 ratio of wins to losses after acquiring Turris. Now imagine a more improved one.

We improved our defense with a much stronger defensive player in Methot, Karlsson will obviously be better, we added depth in Lundin who can even fill in top 4 gaps. Anderson is coming off a brilliant performance last year's second half and playoffs and with more defensive defenders added, I expect his play to be just as good.

Guys like Smith, Silfverberg, Greening all would progress, if the past is any indication.

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