Seriously though, no shocks here. Wouldn't be surprised when all is said and done to see Char in Char next season. Other dman is probably going to be a cheaper Alberts type to use as our #7. Sangs I'm OK with keeping onboard on a two-way deal, keep him in Charlotte until needed, same goes for Bellemore who I'm more then fine with keeping. Retooled defensive depth chart could look something like this:
Gleason - Faulk
Pitkanen - Coburn
Harrison - MAB
Murphy, Sanguinetti, Bellemore, Biega, Lowe, Jordan
Originally Posted by faulkingdynamic
I was thinking more Regher, Clitsome, O'Byrne, Fistric
This. LaRose knows he didn't have a good year, knows Muller doesn't put the same trust in him (warrented or not) as Lavi and Maurice did
I don't think it's trust as much as I don't think he fits what Muller has in mind for the bottom 6 and/or where they want to go given the division they are in. They have said they want the team to be tougher to play against and guys like Brent and LaRose (and even Dwyer) don't really fit that mold. Add to it that he didn't have a very good season, and the writing is kind of on the wall.
I do agree some other team will pick him up though.
If they’re looking at the UFA route for a defenseman, one guy I hope JR takes a run at is Toni Lydman. While he wouldn’t be the sexiest acquisition considering his age and declining play, I think he’d still be a solid pick-up. Lydman is a SAH type defenseman who will play a solid defensive game, block shots and provide a decent level of physicality. The downside is that he’s not going to bring much in the way of offense and his decision making with the puck is seemingly about getting it off of his stick as fast as possible. I don’t think that would be too big of an issue if Lydman were to be paired with someone who’s able to move the puck effectively. Ideally, he would be slotted next to fellow Finn Joni on the 2nd pair. Despite being a LHS, Lydman’s able to play the right side. The versatility in Lydman being able to play either side would come in handy when Joni inevitably gets hurt during the season. My guess is that a 2 year deal at the $3 mil per he's making on his expiring contract (http://www.capgeek.com/player/386) should be enough to get him, but the UFA market is hard to predict.
Gleason - Faulk
Pitkanen - Lydman
Harrison - Komisarek?
The Finnish Erik Cole comparison for Osala was always woefully inept. Cole being a guy who made his bones on speed and Osala who can't stick for that same reason... it just doesn't make sense. More like the Finnish Brad Isbister.
Also have a feeling that Char skipping the exit interview means bad things from both sides, or good things from both sides if you hate him. Probably feels like the new coach was the only reason for his drop in production. Didn't want to answer questions about it. Don't let the door hit ya, young man.