Same Maloney interview we've heard before. Needed to bring in some veterans to give parent club a better chance of success while allowing kids time to develop on the farm.
Only real item of mention was a brief discussion on OEL who they were happy he was already under contract as he was afraid they would be too tempted to rush the kid into the NHL this year. Apparently, he really stood out in the development camp and at 176 lbs he needs to add some mass.
Another interesting note was that he said their reality is that they need to win now to bring back the fans. I have been saying that all along and as much as we all had the feel good going with the great start the reality is that this team probably needs a couple of goal scorers to win on a consistant basis. Any ownership group that takes over better have a big budget in mind to turn this team around because I don't care who you are, coaching can only do so much. If you don't have talent eventually it's gonna kill you.
I am happy with the wins this early because they go a long way at the end of the year to make the playoffs, but I worry because we are so close to spinning back to a 500 team. I am trying to keep this in perspective because it's only been 2 losses but when you get a taste of success it's so frustrating to see it slip away and losing 2 games can so easily slip into a downward spiral. Now we have 2 games back to back...great.
So he will play in the SEL instead of the Swe-1 league? Will that be this year or next? I'm not too educated on the whole Swedish pro league system.
FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND(I don't really know anything)...
Sweden has relegation. OEL's team(Leksands Stars) was relegated from the SEL(top league) to the Allsvenkskan(second highest league). The team spent 1951-2001 in the SEL. They moved back and forth after 2001. They have spent every year in the second tier since 2006, despite winning Allsvenskan twice since(07-08 and 08-09). They could end up an SEL team next season, if things go right. They are probably as good or better as some current SEL teams.