Bingo! specifically when Sauer went down we lacked the necessary depth on D to carry us through. We were finding ways to win prior to that injury.
what are you talking about? Don't you know anything? Didn't you read the article?
Lots of depth at D. They had Hale whose tsn rating (62.58) was only 2.26 below Sauer, 2.74 below Z, and he may have come a little late, but Kalinin was rated 765.66 which puts him 700 pts ahead of Z...which I would guess is about 680 pts ahead of the likes of Lidstrom, Pronger, Neidermeyer, etc
But don't tell Scott Cullen at TSN that his rating system is flawed.....even if everyones ranking is based on 6 degrees of the better backup goalie of the LA Kings
It'd be nice if we could get an ownership group in that would make us a player in time for July 1. I don't think we need to make a splash, but assess needs in the same fashion Chicago did a year ago. We need an experienced, play-making centre and a mid-range defenceman.
The Sauer injury was our undoing, though I think our success to that date was a bit of smoke and mirrors. Hale was just plain brutal--we all saw that.