The Armchair GM Thread - Part XXXI - Nobody Loves Raymond Edition
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01-16-2013, 02:06 PM
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Lou was a major reason we won back to back President's trophies and the biggest reason we got to within a game of the Stanley Cup. Those lineups, without Luongo, and without any real offensive upgrades won't even get close to those heights.
Those offensive upgrades would come from within though (ie Kassian). Perhaps Gillis hits the Luongo trade out of the park and we get a good 40+ point 3rd line centre (could be Bjugstad in 2013
), we still need Hansen and Higgins to step up a bit as well.
Ultimately the team will score more by playing better hockey, and the new 2nd pairing should help in that regard.
The cap is set for this year and the next, unless the team does a major overhaul (ie trades Edler, Booth) there isn't a lot of space for a major offensive upgrade. Even a guy like Voracek has a 4.25 cap hit.
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