I just got to thinking about James Wisniewski and how that deal (who did we get in that anyway??) was part of several mistakes made along the defensive front. What if the Hawks never traded him away and never signed Brian Campbell to begin with? The Hawks could potentially trot out the following defensive pairings:
Wisniewski-Johnson (Sopel is sent down, waived, traded, whatever)
I'd argue that this is not only beneficical from a salary cap standpoint (duh) but it would also enhance our overall d corps. Barker moves up to the 2nd line and Hjalmarsson covers for his defensive shortcomings (this pairing thus becomes slightly worse), while Wisniewski and Johnson are collectively >>>> than the current Barker/Sopel combo (espcecially defensively).
Just wondering what some of you would think about this. IMO the salary Cap situation makes this a no brainer, and I also think it has a better overall composition to boot.
It also sounds like Wisniewski is really coming into his own.
yeap if tallon would have just had a bit more patience we would be in a way better postition right now defensivly...we could definitly do without campbell and his 7.14 mil hit...i would bring up lalonde next year to take his place...i think they play a similar style but lalonde is better defensivly and more physical
as for wiz...i absolutly hated that deal...i always really liked wiz he does it all hes good defensivly contributes offensivly moves the puck well...can play pp and pk...is very physical and drops the gloves...i wish we could get him back hes a hell of a player and for 2.75 mil hes a steal...and yeah we sent him off for a 3rd line rental...who really did nothing for us
He was traded for that center who had mono...Pahlsson. And, at the time of the trade, adding another center who could win face offs and play d responsibly was a need.
Wisniewski makes 2.75ish this year, I think?
The problem with what you say is never signed Campbell in the first place. At the time, the team was badly in need of a PMD, and as in the case with all free agent acquisitions, overpaid. So it goes.
I'm an idiot. I should have know it was the Pahlsson deal.
I also agree with xice in saying that Pahlsson really didn't do much for us (I though he was rather terrible, really). Even at that time I thought our "need" for a PMD was vastly exaggerated, and the contract was downright ludicrous. Not much that can be done about it now, though.
I do remember Pahlsson getting a monster goal in one of the playoff games. He played so-so defensively and won some draws. He's actually making 100k less than Madden. I think not re-signing him was the right move.