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07-10-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Soundwave View Post
Actually looking at the realignment it's not too bad.

We have to be better than Phoenix, Winnipeg, Colorado, Dallas, and Nashville to get a playoff seed. But I don't think that's too unreasonable. Moving Detroit out basically opens up a spot.

If Seguin busts out in Dallas that really sucks for us, because if you had Detroit out and Dallas declining and Columbus also out East ... that would really open up things and we'd only have to be better than Phoenix, Winnipeg, Colorado, and Nashville ... which is a lot more doable.
I think Nashville and Colorado are both better than the Oilers and Phoenix and Winnipeg are close... All those teams have better goaltending. Nashville has one of the best D corps in the league.

With the chance to use some cap space to add some grit to the lineup with a Cooke or a Lapierre, MacT failed.. Gordon would be a great 4C, but on this team he's going to have to play a lot more minutes. The team is WAY too light and Dubnyk is a big ??? in goal. Sad that if you spent a few bucks a number of these issues would be addressed - maybe it isn't all on MacT as Edmonton isn't a prime place for free agents to sign anyways..

At this point, assets will need to be moved to get other assets - the beauty with free agents is that they cost lots, but you keep your assets. I'd look for some older guys to fill out the 4th line to make the team competitive at least and not a pushover.. and some help up the middle..

Sign some of Morrow (3LW) and Cleary (4LW), Grabovski (2C), Mueller (3C) and Tim Thomas (G) to try to assemble something like 4 NHL lines... Hopefully the soft top 9 can learn something about winning and competing from Morrow and Cleary, Grabovski plays harder and is arguably better than Gagner who can be moved for an asset, Mueller can play 3rd line minutes or a wing, and Dubnyk can be pushed hard by Thomas who was All-World 2 years ago and looking to prove people wrong.. Put Labarbera in the AHL too as its not like Bunz has earned his AHL shot either..

Time to spend some bucks Katz / MacT instead of watching community $$$$ flow into the sweetheart arena deal while the team stays only half full of NHL talent..


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