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01-02-2004, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Milbury
For months now, a few here at have argued that the Isles ought to make a defensemen for winger swap, given their lack of depth up front and strong top four. But, if you look at the numbers, I think that logic starts to break down. The Isles are fifth in the league in goals scored, despite playing fewer games then some of the teams ahead of them. They have four wingers who should hit the 20 goal level (Parrish, Hunter, Czerkawski, and Blake). Two other wingers are on 20 goal paces, but may or may not keep it up (Bates and Kvasha). And they still have Weinhandl, who is developing nicely as well as Beginham and Nillson in the system. They lack a high end guy to complement Yashin, and the Wiemer debacle badly hurt grit up front, but the reality is that the Isles are not having any trouble scoring goals.

On the other hand, among the defensemen. Only Kenny J. and Aucoin have distinguished themselves. Hamrlik has been good after a lousy start and Janne N has been so-so. Timander, Cairns, and Martinek have all failed to show that they can handle top four icetime. If the Isles suffer any injuries to the top four (and they will), they're going to be in trouble.

I think the real problems the Isles will face include (1) Health of key players, (2) Inconsistent goaltending - Snow can not keep this play up, because he isn't that good, (3) lack of mobile hitters on defense, (4) lack of size on the wings.

If $ are not the motivating issue, trading a dman for a forward is the last thing the Isles should do.
Actually Darth, all the Isles need is one more trade or two with Ottawa (Hossa, Redden) & a few more castoffs from the Canucks (Naslund, Ohlund, Jovo) & the team will almost be ready to challenge for the cup. Oops, you still need a goal tender don't you, even though Snow was a Canucks castoff too.

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