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02-25-2013, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Av-merican View Post
As a friend of mine pointed out, he threw a team out there with no power play QB and one player who broke the 30-goal mark in his career. That's not patching holes.
I don't think your friend is looking at the big picture.

They had flash and Mueller both as top six guys with big time health concernes. They also had Gali and Winnik as underperforming bottom six guys.

He improved the team by bringing in McGinn and Downie, along with a couple prospects.

The team had a problem being a soft and small defensive core. He improved that by bringing in O'Byrne who was very solid in his role up until this year, and adding Hejda who for the most part has been pretty solid, albeit maybe a few hundred thousand overpaid.

He knew he needed to bring Duchene some help, and someone who could control the play a bit, and feed Duchene so he brought in PAP.

He knew they needed help from a center ice perspective with the loss of McClement, so he brought in Mitchell.

He addresses the small to medium sized needs of the team just fine. These are areas where a lot of teams have trouble with.

It's the bigger pieces that need to be addressed, and a whole lot goes into play with that, whether it's the risk factor of throwing crazy contracts at UFA, the availability of players via trade, or his owners willingness to spend a certain amount at this point of the rebuild. He needs a couple more years to see where this hybrid plan of patience with spending, and aggressive trades fall into place. IMO it has the chance of working out great, if just a couple more pieces fall into place and they can ditch these injury woes.

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