A very offensively-minded defence can more than compensate for a weak group of forwards. The puck-moving nature of our future defence will allow for an abundance of scoring opportunities. As Murray put it following the Gonchar signing, we'll be in possession of the puck for the majority of the game, in theory at least. Add to that a deadly powerplay with Gonchar, Karlsson, Wiercioch and Rundblad, and I don't see us lacking offence at all. It just won't be as top-heavy as it once was. We have as many weapons on the back end as most teams have up front.
People often speak of players' ability to make his linemates better. Crosby is a good example. I feel that a great defenseman can have the same effect on his forwards. Watching the Stanley cup finals, I realized that Duncan Keith could make players like Ladd, Madden and Brouwer much more dangerous than they would otherwise be. When a quality defenseman is on the ice, he can make a fourth liner look like Alex Ovechkin. While I don't think we have a Duncan Keith in our prospect pool, players like Karlsson and Wiercioch are certainly capable of injecting offence into our forwards with smooth, calculated passes up ice and by joining the rush when necessary.
Is what we could be looking at in a couple years. It could be one of the most expensive defence cores in the league, but I think it could be the foundation of a cup contender.
This is a really good point your making, because some players aren't puck carriers or aren't flashy by any means, but it doesn't mean that they aren't good offensive players. A guy like Holmstrom endured alot of success thanks to Detroits puck possession style and there defence's ability to control the powerplay and being able to skate the puck in. It allows players that are good inside the blue-line to excel.
I feel that players that we currently have in our system like Foligno, Z.Smith, Fisher even Winchester, would benefit from this. Good board players that can cycle, work hard and crash the net
So you feel that we should should support people who's job it is to make important decisions, and not question the merit even if they seem to be very poor choices?
You voted to re-ellect Bush didn't you?
I'm the kind of person who prefers to leave it to the experts. So unless you have a serious background in hockey, you have nothing to say. I play hockey 3 times a week, even during the summer, i watch tons of NHL games, i read forums, i even collect hockey cards. Heck, i know nothing compared to those persons. Do you know more than me? Even if you do, the gap is still astronomically huge between you and people like Bryan Murray.
Now you can go ahead and act like you know better, but it's your own choice. Live honestly with others and yourself, and die in peace. Or you might regret it if you don't
PS : I'm not american and have always been an anti-Bush. Good call