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03-25-2013, 01:12 AM
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I disagree that we need a major shake up. What we have in Edmonton is poor asset management. We need to protect our assets better AND get a couple better vets to do some heavy lifting.

Step 1: put Yak RNH MPS together on our 3rd line and let them grow all of this season AND next. RNH and Yak could be the next Brett Hull and Adam Oats. Give them time to figure it out. A little grit and speed in the other wing doesn't hurt either

Step 2: get a vet winger to play with Horcs and Hemmer on the 1st line. And who will last till the end of next year, who can play against the other teams top line and come out +vs on +/-

Step 3: put Hall Gagner Eberle on the #2 line. Ebs and Hall share the same brain so put them back together. Gags has proven that he has figured it out and is coming into his own. Plus this line is good enough that if the opposition gets their # 1 line out during road games they will do just fine

Step 4: energy and muscle required. #13 is a good start. Jones too. Finding a center for the 4th line can't be that hard

Step 5: the rest? out or press box or on the farm

Management needs to be fired for the centerman fiasco. The number of games we have played without 4 bonified centermen is inexcusable. That has been the difference between being in the top 8 in our conference or being 4 points out of the playoffs.

Def is tougher. You have to look at it from the top up

N Shultz and Fistric are a quality #5-6 $$$ will come into play here at some point. J. Shultz should not be thrown to the wolves. Put him and Smid together as your #3-4 and play them 20 min a nite. Our problem is our #1 pairing. Petry can be one and we need a quality vet who is a bonified #2. Our first pairing can be 2 #2. Probably Our management's toughest assignment.

Finally a quality back up for Dubnyk. He has proven that he can carry the mail so now he needs support that can push him to stay sharp

TBA Horc Hemmer
Eberle Gagner Hall
Brown TBA Jones
**after next season this #1 line is gone and these #2-3 lines become #1-2

TBA Petry
Smid JShultz
NShultz Fistric


To me those 4 TBA are not a real tough shopping list. 2 could likely be acquired on waivers or smaller trades. A 1st line winger is tougher, but is easier than trying to find a #1 center for sure. And a #2 Dman isn't easy either but WAY easier than finding a #1 stud dman

And get a centerman for the press box for Pete's sake!!!!

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