how much should nick have been rested? what about his injuries would have been fixed with the rest? had to know til we know what they are. hard to second guess til we know what information was available to base their decision on.
maybe george should target more durable players than nick. are there more durable players than nick? or ovechkin even? you are not suggesting that perreault healthy was better than the diminished backstrom...are you?
I like your baited posts. Really, they are sensational. izing.
The feigning of shock and horror at the thought that MP may have scored a single goal in 9 playoff games, and outscored Nick, is entertaining as well.
I like what they are trying to do right now. I do have some reservations by the fact we are close to the cap and still have some holes.
1) Everyone talks about a 2nd line center...I think we really need a shutdown 3rd line center more than anything. Maybe Laich will be that guy?? Who knows.
2) I hope they are trying to get rid of this "3 scoring lines" nonsense. We need a legit 3rd line along the lines of Halpern/Kono/Dahlen and going a bit farther back basically any line with Kelly Miller on it (Poulin, Pivonka, Ridley etc). Tampa's 3rd line killed us last year. Chicago always gives vancouver fits mainly due to David Bollands line. The Devils had John Madden and co in their heyday. We need a legit 3rd line and I'm not sure we have the defensive wingers capable of truly doing that. Not sure how good Ward is defensively and Brouwer is an punishing attacking player not a great defender.
3) MOST importantly...ummm...where is the physical Vet dman?? Hamrlik? I mean how many puck movers do we really need?? Can't we get a better version of Erskine in the top 4 somehow?? Is it that hard? Buffalo got Regehr for peanuts essentially while we IMO overspent for a redundant type player in Hamrlik.
I like the upgrade physically up front. I like the fact we got a vet goalie for cheap and traded Varly (whom I loved) for a potential lotto pick. I like we got more veteran presence instead of constantly going younger the last couple years.
But I'm still not convinced we have the proper ingredients to succeed in the playoffs based on last year. Keenan was right that the team is fragile mentally. Ovechkin shows up to play but not many other players do.
But in the end if Ovechkin and Backstrom come into the season in shape and back to form we will win the east easily.