Looking at our D, and especially if Allen doesn't make it full time (I really hope he does), I think our D needs some sandpaper. As it stands, the D could be like this:
Like I said, take Allen out, and the only true grit guy is Jovo. No one is "nasty". That said, I was looking at possibilities, but they are slim.
Klee-still out there and could do it, but I think he plays the right side.
Souray-injury prone, but is nasty & big.
Adding one of these guys would require the requisite adjustments in salary structure (ie) trading Allen (1 mill) and another (1 mill+) to compensate for one of these guys who will likely make about 2mill.
I agree somethig needs to be done about the grit. I hate to say it but Baron was a gritty guy we are gonna miss. Cant expect Jovo to be in the middle of the rough stff as we need his offense. Allen is a tough guy though. I would love to see Souray in a Nucks uni....
Keep in mind that although these guys aren't known as "gritty" defensemen, we still have one of the biggest bluelines in the NHL.
Jovo is the smallest at 6', ~215 lbs.
I'm not concerned about this at all. If the forwards help out more in backchecking, I don't see it as a problem.
the problem is.. Canucks dont do as much backchecking as often as teams say.. wilds???
then again, Jovo IS the smallest guy on that blueline, ( which was a surprise to me) and the D line is pretty big overall.. we should see how it goes, but I have no problem going into season with this corp.
Yep, this group is big, but it is still missing a big, mean, crease clearing defenseman. That role used to be served by Baron, but his play really tailed off as last year went on. I am hopeful Allen can fill the role. He is the only one within the organization that can do it. Grenier is big, but he will probably never be more than a top 6. This needs to be Allen's year or Burke will look to fill that hole elsewhere.
You bring up a good point. I for one wouldn't mind trading Allen for perhaps a 1st rounder or something and then signing Klee. Only problem I see with this might be Klee wanting a 2 year deal and also how'd he play in the Western Conference. I have to say I haven't seen him play more than 2 or 3 times but what I hear about him I like. A solid, stay at home D-man. He might cost 2 mil though. Not quite sure what price he's commanding so I dunno about the salary aspect of it. Maybe we could convince him to sign for 1.5 or so. I'm getting ahead of myself here.