What Does This Team Have To Do To Return To Greatness?
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04-09-2013, 07:17 PM
Join Date: Dec 2004
I knew Duchene would back Jiggy up. He is everything you'd want in an NHL player. It must drive him insane to see guys slacking off and not caring, but he's not quite in a position where he's going to start calling people out.
It seems like after every season, this team seem to be at a crossroads. I remember afrer 10-11, and Foote's legendary last shift and Jones' OT goal against Edmonton to conclude a disastrous season, I thought things would finally start to look up. And they sort of did last season, even though the team came up a little short.
But then the team doesn't even bother qualifying Peter Mueller. OK, we got Parentea, but we still could have got an asset for Mueller if management didn't want to keep him. As it turns out this team could really use him. That move just baffled me beyond belief. I've never seen such a quality player not get qualified as an RFA.
And then we extend Sacco. And SOB. We sign Zanon (I mean seriously, had anyone in the organization even watched him for the last couple years? It was obvious he was washed up). We extend Funwick, a man who spent the season scratched, and was OK for a few games. We give Jones a massive contract. In hindsight those were bad moves, although Jones still has time to redeem himself. We sign Mitchell, which actually turned out to be an OK signing, even though he's been a non-factor for the last month. McClement goes to Toronto. Going into the season, guys who would be top 4 defensemen on most teams: Johnson. Maybe Hejda. The rest are 5,6,7 guys.
The O'Reilly saga will be taught at GM schools as what not to do when trying to re-sign a star player. Had they offered him 4 million per, I bet he would have signed. But no, they stubbornly stuck to their 3.5 offer. Granted, that was not a bad offer, but when it became obvious that he would under no circumstances sign for that amount you need to up the ante or trade him. And either of those things should have happened in January. Instead, Feaster sends a stupid offer sheet. Sherman is too dumb to know the rules of the CBA, whereby we could have let him go to Columbus for a price and collect Calgary's draft picks as well. Instead we get him in bloated contract.
So what decisions will have to be made this summer? First and foremost, what to do with Sacco. Logic dictates that he should be fired the second the final buzzer sounds on the Avs' last game. And I do believe he will get fired. It would be disastrous from a PR standpoint (not the at the Avs care too much about that) to bring him back. It would also be disastrous if his replacement is Chynoweth or Army. I don't think the Avs will make that mistake, but I wouldn't put it past them. Lindy Ruff would be a great hire. He actually knows how to use skill. None of this dump and chase crap that doesn't work.
But regardless of who the coach is, this team isn't getting far with the vomit that is currently our defence. A problem is that all our current defenseman are signed through to the next season. We have 2 compliance buy outs. They should be used on Zanon and O'Brien. Hunnybunny can be a 7th defenseman. If we get Seth Jones he might be able to step right in, although that's a lot to ask for an 18 year old d-man. We'll see how Siemens looks in camp, but he may need some time. I would suggest getting a UFA on the market who can actually play. I really like what I've seen form Winnipeg's Grant Clitsome. Douglas Murray would be a great asset to shore up our play in our own end, but I have a feeling he's going to be overpaid.
At forward we have 5 guys who are legitimate top 6 material. Landy, Stastny, Parenteau, O'Reilly and Duchene. Problem is 3 of them are centres. ROR cannot be traded until the deadline next season. Stastny wouldn't fetch all that much right now. But if I'm Sherman, I make it clear that Stazz can be had a a fair price. It'd be nice if Hishon were to wow everyone at camp and make the team. Other than him, I don't see much scoring help coming down the pipeline.
Ideally we could get a winger that could bump McGinn down to the third line and Mitchell to the 4th. Filpulla, anyone?
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