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04-22-2013, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Baggers View Post
Even though I'm p***ed about the MacT hiring, there are actually a lot of positives to take out of this season.

1) The team was pretty much what I thought it was going to be this season. Streaky and madly inconsistent, battled for the playoffs at one point, but just couldn't put it all together. I thought the team would finish in the 5-10 range, which is where it looks they will.

2) Hall has improved by leaps and bounds over last year.

3) Gagner has shown he's a legitimate 2nd line NHL C.

4) Tambellini was fired. In retrospect, he was the right GM for the rebuild (ie. patient), and he did a lot of good things (eg. rebuild the team's farm system), but it's clear that he wasn't going to be able to make the moves to move the team forward.

5) Magnus has improved a lot from last year.

6) The team got Smid signed to a reasonable deal.

7) Dubnyk showed that he can play at the NHL level. He may never turn out to be the star number 1 goalie most people want, but he's faced a lot of rubber this season and held his own. Now he just needs to work on his concentration and consistency.

8) The team is going to get another good young piece at the draft, or will (hopefully) get a decent return for the pick. The team is also going to have 2 2nd round picks, which gives them some ammunition if they are going to make moves at the draft.

9) Yakupov

10) Justin Schultz

11) The team (finally) had the balls to admit that neither Eager nor Hordichuk were NHL-caliber players and sent them to the minors.

12) Mike Brown was a decent acquisition.

13) Another year burned off Horcoff's contract.

14) The end of the Khabibulin/Peckham/Whitney era (adding ~ 8m in cap space)

15) Andy Sutton/Sheldon Souray contracts are off the book now (additional 3m in cap space)

Thanks...rarely post and this is pretty much everything I'd have to say except maybe in Hordi's case. Not that I disagree with sending him down but we had a year to test drive the player, told him we'd give him a chance and then did this. Doesn't look good on the Oil and there's been way too much of that with the current management. OK with the MacT hire or at least willing to give it a chance. The only thing I give Tambi points for is not doing anything TOO wrong. Love everything MacT has to say but ONLY if he makes the right moves. Time will tell.

Originally Posted by magnoctophas View Post
Honestly had Eberle and RNH performed better offensively, we could've snuck into the playoffs this season.

Offseason priorities:
- Trade for/draft a defensively responsible, faceoff capable, preferably big/physical second line center (Berglund etc, Barkov/Monahan could become this)
- Sign a big second line winger (Horton etc, Paajarvi may develop into this)
- Sign some bottom 6 role players with some offensive upside (Bickell, Torres etc, can't be too hard)
- Trade for a top pairing PMD (Yandle etc, we should include Gagner in a package for this once we have the second line center)
- Bring in someone to mentor guys like Schultz/Klefbom (Scuderi etc)
* DO NOT trade Hall, RNH, or Yakupov under any circumstance, don't trade Eberle unless we're including him in a deal for a stud like OEL/Pietrangelo.
* Get rid of the dead weight. Addition by subtraction is without a doubt the most important way to improve this team: Hemsky, Smyth, Belanger, Whitney, and Potter all must go. I wouldn't mind losing Petrell, Smithson, Jones, Fistric, N Schultz, and Horcoff (we can keep him as a role player if we have the cap space and use the compliance buyout next offseason) either.

Again, pretty much everything I'd have to say except to emphasize only moving Gagner if the 2C gets filled somehow. Skilled, fairly durable and finally getting better. Sometimes wish we'd focus on what player's are rather than what they're not:

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