Winnik - Bonino - Cogliano would actually be a pretty interesting line - three good defensive players. They would have to lock Bonino in a room with Koivu for the next two months and teach him to take faceoffs though.
Sharks fan here in peace. I think you guys lucked out because he's had a history of being difficult to negotiate with. He probably realized that his hardball tactics werent going to fly and teams had moved on. The speculation is that he wanted $2.5m/year in Colorado and likely asked for that with us. Doug Wilson is usually really quiet about his negotiations, so we were all caught off guard when he made it public that they had moved on from him at July 1st.
He's a solid 3rd liner. Loved him on the PK and his work along the boards. Has tenacity that was desperately needed in our bottom 6. Should be good for you guys.
Good signing though. We needed a player like this in our bottom six.
Originally Posted by c4rcy
Seems like everyone has written off McMillan, not that I disagree. Too bad. He looked great 2 years ago.
I haven't completely written him off yet. It's a shame he regressed so much last season because after his '10/'11 campaign I was expecting him to be a mainstay on our third line for years to come. Maybe my expectations were unrealistic.
Would not surprise me, Belesky has a bit of a scoring touch (41 goals and 90 points in his last season in juniors, then had 11 goals in 27 games for Syracuse). He had 11 goals for us his rookie year in 60 games, and plays a physical game to match those two.
DSP/Etem/Maroon/whoever the hell earns that spot-Getzlaf-Perry
That's what I'd like to see.
Does anyone else think it's possible that we see Etem in the show this year? I got to watch him quite a bit in the WHL last year and he looked on his own level (obviously, look at his goals). He is so so so fast and has the ability to just put the puck in the net. I could see him not being ready but I could also see them giving him a try, if it works out that could really change our lines a lot as having another top 6 winger makes a huge difference.
I like this signing a lot as it's basically what we needed on the bottom 6, the thing that annoys me is I wish Bob would recognize how bad we need good face-off men. Not only is Koivu a weak 2nd line C right now in my opinion, he's not getting any younger. If we found a good face-off guy for the 2nd line and could have Koivu slotted on the 3rd line I would like our forward a lot more, but to me this is a gaping hole that gets ignored every time we make a signing.
I would like to see something similar to what you posted, I just don't know if Bonino is ready for that role, if he is then great, but if there is someone we could sign that we know for sure can fill that role then that would be more ideal.
If Ryan is traded, you can 100% expect a #2 center for the start of the season. If that's a good idea is another question, if he could somehow get a center and winger in a deal around Ryan that would be amazing, albeit unlikely at this point in time.
FA market is thin, there's a reason he wanted Schenn/Couterier in any deal with the Flyers.
From the article posted on the Ducks official site Winnik is expecting to be on the 3rd line which is where I'd place him if I was in charge. I'm actually impressed by his TOI, hopefully under Boudreau he finds a few more goals in him.
The team this year may be stronger defensively than last year.
Nice I approve 100% big physical gritty player, our bottom 6 is looking alot better if he and DSP are there
Im not writing off MacMillan, but if he wants to make it, he's gotta make it as a center who can win faceoffs. if he can do that he'll make the team
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I'm throwing out a wild suggestion here. Based on the fact that Winnik and Cogs are close friends, perhaps they could have some good chemistry on a defensive 3rd line. Guess they will be our main PKs as well.