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02-27-2013, 12:59 AM
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Speed on 4 lines and size on all but on the Stepan line which should be enough to land about 10-15 goals from each of the forwards on lines `1-3
Hagelin will boost the production of Ferriero and Boyle will have value in the last stretch of the season/playoffs
The team had a 3 game win streak after JTmiller and Kreider-Callahan were set up as a line and Bickell+Boyle were benched
Reserves include Asham-Mashinter-Halpern-Powe
so somebody could be traded to boost the anemic shot from the Right point
a PP specialist ala Bergeron
or C.Franson are both cheap 3rd pair options that will boost Stralman/Girardi
The team needs something and both Z.Redmond(out for season with leg injury)
and Erik Johnson(head injury) are out indefinitely.
Something massive is needed as tough guy defensive defenders are in the system
McIlrath/Sauer/Noreau all are solid 3 pair guys and McIlrath might eventually be an ok
#4/5 type of defender long term BUT the window to win a cup is starting to close much the way it closed on Calgary and Ottawa/ Vancouver etc....
Size is nice but its smarts that are needed.
In the playoffs the expectations from the coaching staff was simple...Chris would play a hard hitting north south vertical game w/ grit and speed and shoot AS MUCH as Possible.
This made Richards and Gaborik even more dangerous.
Right now both Richards and Gaborik look average at best when they're not up against 3rd pair blueliners.
Play Kreider in a more important role and let him learn how to make something happen.
Then bite the bullet and flip MDZ + a minor leaguer(fasth/Bourque/etc..._)
for --o'REILLY ...he will play a very similar role to callahan
pyatt-Miller-Callahan Eminger-Gilroy(ok this isn't optimal but Gilroy is ok
Hagelin-Boyle-Ferriero (maybe trade a package + pick for Franson for 2nd PP)
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