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12-10-2013, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
You clearly seem to think the team's D looked like it does now when the trades went down. When the trades occured they had Pronger, Timonen, Mez (who, at the time, was rarely injured), Coburn, and Carle. They had what was considered one of the best D groups in the league. They had holes in the forward group that needed to be filled, not the D group. They HAD to focus on getting forwards.

Couturier is better defensively than Hamilton, so if you want to switch Couturier out for a guy who isn't as good at preventing goals, well, that's a weird way to improve the team.

They didn't have the cap space to afford FA forwards. That's why they had to trade for several cheap players. FA wasn't an option for good forwards.
I think that Pronger and Timonen covered up for the lack of skill and speed on defense for sure.
I can live with a couple of 3rd line players on offense if you fix the defense, but he has not done so.
After those trades, time passed and the defense looked horrible, especially last year.
And Holmgren's idea to fix this slow, aging, injured defense is to trade for another slow defense only defenseman.
It is inexcusable, to trade JVR for Luke Schenn, we did not need another defense only defenseman.
And to keep Coburn instead of Carle is another blunder, because Coburn has little offensive ability.
With Carle here we do not need to sign over the hill Streit to another albatross of a contract.
Holmgren does not know how to build a winning team he should have been gone with Lavi.

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