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07-14-2013, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bergeron47 View Post
MacT has singled out Detroit & Chicago as systems to follow. Problem is, there are still major roles in their rosters that we haven't got.
The Blackhawks are the Blackhawks because of 3 main factors.
1. Their deadly top-6
2. Their superior ability to transition the puck using their d-men
3. The offensive effectiveness of their bottom-6
I think we can match number 1, but we're still vastly inferior in 2 & 3. We don't have a Keith OR a Seabrook. If we're lucky Schultz & Klefbom can be that tandem, I just worry it will take too long for them to develop into those roles.
As for 3, I think it's achievable it we were more aggressive in the FA market. We CAN afford Penner, Mueller, Latendresse we COULD HAVE afforded Lapierre, Bouchard, MacArthur, Cooke. I think we could have done ten times better this offseason in filling the bottom 6.
This is the maddening part... Now maybe those guys didn't want to play in Edmonton - potentially the case - but I'd think the main motivator is the $$$$... Spend a few bucks on some tough competitors like Lapierre or Cooke and the Oilers are magically a lot better, while still retaining assets.. Instead it appears they've chosen to ride with Joensuu, Acton or Lander down there.. Scaring nobody.

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