I really doubt Bickel and Scott both dress in the same game unless there are injuries.
In fact I would guess that Scott's acquisition means Bickel is headed back to Connecticut or the Rangers made another deal involving a defenseman that hasn't been reported yet. I mean they still have Woywitka and Eminger, too.
Dreger was talking about another EC GM looking to pry away Hodgson; would anybody be shocked if that was Slats? Hodgson would have been a perfect fit, but obviously we didn't have the type of player available that Vancouver was looking for.
And when we don't win the cup I want guys like you to realize it's more important to win our WORLD CLASS GOALTENDER and FRANCHISE PLAYER a stanley cup than worry about overrated third liners making 4.2 million a year.
Thanks to Sather not kowtowing to CBJ and the "let win the paper cup!" crowd, our cup window will be open much longer than it would have been.
Same thing was said about Shelley. A useless player that was just gonna fight and do nothing.
I don't think Scott will do much but we gave up a 5th rounder, not a 1st or a 2nd. Let's see how he plays before we absolutely kill him.
Shelley being one of our best players down the stretch (imo it was all Arty) goes to show how subpar that team was. I'm NOT killing the guy, I just don't want him wasting a d-man spot while he sits in the box and makes our slumping, exhausted core play even more minutes.
what team in the East really improved today? Flyers got Kubina and Grossman recently but they are not difference makers............Pens get nothing..........Bruins added depth sure but did you want Rolston?
our depth issue CAN be resolved within the organization:
Kreider joining the team at LW
Sauer being G2G before April
Erixon being healthy and 100% ready to play some games for us
Burning a year of Kreider's ELC is not nearly as challenging salary wise as Nash would've been. If Sather feels we can win, I'm sure we'll see this.
Sauer and Erixon provide us a 6th and 7th, pushing Bickel and Eminger into the 8th and 9th.
I'm ok with this if this is how Slats is projecting the roster come playoff time.
If he projects the roster as-is, then we know he wasn't serious about this team going for a Cup, and is hoping to get some deep playoff experience and see what can be added July 1st, + Kreider + Erixon + (maybe) McIlrath etc, for next season
Jim Morrison: who exactly in the east is upgraded? Do we really consider Mike Motteau + Brian Rolston's corpse and upgrade for Boston? What did Philly and Pittsburgh add? Are you quaking in terror at the Devils addition of an offensive defenseman who played himself off of a team fighting for the playoffs? Florida added Wolski: why the hell couldn't we find a guy like him?!?!?!