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01-07-2013, 09:07 AM
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nice to see you havent lost your flair for hyperbole during the lockout. this team is exactly two players (Ryan Suter and Jordin Tootoo) different than the team that should have made the WCF's last year...
Suter is good, but his absence doesnt change us from legit cup contender to fire sale quality.
and surely you arent going to argue that losing Tootoo is going to hinder us dramatically?
Tootoo's departure is one of the few positives about the offseason.
Suter is gone. I get that, and it's apparent that he never had any intention of returning. My irritation comes when all along, Poile and even Trotz spoke of "several plan Bs," with Trotz in particular saying that Josi wasn't quite there yet.
Suter signs with Minnesota, and less than a week later, Poile and Trotz are both raving about Josi and what a seamless transition it's going to be.
You may buy that, and the majority of fans may buy that...sorry, I don't. Josi had a good rookie year, but it wasn't perfect. I'm not going to pretend that he's suddenly a 26 minute, all-situations defenseman that can even reasonably fill in for an elite, top 5 defenseman in the NHL...a lynchpin of a powerplay that finally clicked and a player in key defensive situations. That's assuming there's no sophomore slump, such as the one that sent Blum careening back to Milwaukee after a "strong rookie showing."
The simple fact is that the opening night roster will likely feature two defensemen that added together barely equal a full season (Josi - 52, Blum-56, Ellis -32). One of those playing big minutes.
From the forward perspective, our opening night Fs from last season are back, minus Tootoo and plus Gaustad. However, the roster that "should have been in the WCF(what does that even mean? we were flat out pimpslapped by the Coyotes)" lost those two guys that singlehandedly sunk the team while simultaneously ranking 1 and 2 in postseason points for the Predators. Chemistry issues or not, it's a lot of points that went out the door with nothing to replace them.
I'm not being negative for the sake of being negative. I'm not saying the roster is completely broken. However, we went into the offseason with two big needs: 1 top 4 (ideally, top 2) defenseman and 1 top six forward. We got neither. Instead, we're going to pretend that question marks in Josi and Wilson are suddenly sure things.
Poile likes to take a "wait and see what we've got" approach, but in a 48 game schedule, you don't have the luxury of time. Another disaster start like last season, and we're out before the season even begins.
I'm not rooting for it to happen, but this roster looks like a 12th or 13th place team. You can say that's hyperbole, but the only central team that looks remotely as bad on paper is Columbus. I don't think that's being negative for the sake of negativity.
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