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08-14-2013, 10:00 AM
Join Date: Oct 2005
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When we really break it down, it was a pretty aggressive off-season for Mac-T, and he probably did more in one summer than Tambo did during the entire rebuild. With these additions, how improved are we?
We bumped down N. Schultz and added a legit 2nd pairing veteran d-man. Ference is not another experiment. He will do great filling the void until Klefbom/Nurse are ready.
We have real competition in our bottom pairing. Belov, Grebshkov, N. Schultz, Larsen, Klefbom is way better competition than a broken whitney, potter or barker.
We went out and got a legit top 6 forward who can play with some grit, and help with our possession game.
We got a 3rd line C that this team needed more than Horcoff. Better on faceoffs, tougher to play against, and great at getting the puck out of the defensive zone.
We didnt bump Nick down. We replaced Whitney with Ference.. Hopefully none of our other 3 Dmen have a Whitney like season next year.
Players like Potter\Barker were unknowns for us when we added them to our roster a couple years ago. Hoping for the best but the unknown Dmen we have added for bottom pairing might not be much better.
Calling Perron gritty is like calling Yakupov gritty. We really did not address the size issue in top 6.
We replaced Paajaarvi with Perron, Whitney with Ference, Khabi with Labarbabra and Horcoff with Gordon.
Peckham + Fistric for Belov + Grebeshkov.
I have us fighting for the playoffs in March but missing it by ~5 pts in the end.
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