So is the idea to have two of every type of player in case the main one gets hurt? You're going to need a much bigger roster.
Or accept the fact that the Kings try to play TEAM toughness, and while losing Greene would hurt, they would neither lose their strong defensive game or overall tough approach to the game.
I like the teams toughness as a whole but feel we could add a little mongrel depth on D. Green is great but could do with cover. We have a few puckmovers in the system, but not that many Bangers. It might be nice to have the option of dressing a semi competent intimidator on D against some of the more robust teams as well.
Oh ok so basically you're thinking what I'm thinking...we have Greene...that's it.
But personally I don't want to disrupt chemistry on the NHL club and we do need a guy like that in the AHL. And it will be easy to trade for a guy like that I think. But one who has a year in the NHL, looks good there and is just about ready to come up. We love to make guys like that spend ANOTHER year in the NHL, lol.
If Luongo falls through, I wouldn't mind trading Bernier plus for Gudbranson or someone like that maybe with less pedigree.
That would be ideal, I doubt Florida would go with that though, theyre quite high on Gudbranson aren't they. He'd eventually succeed scuds or mitchell.
Going into the playoffs this past year I really thought we'd be better off if we added some depth at 7D, someone better then DD44... Mike Weaver, Mark Eaton, type... but alas we did not and it worked out.
In terms of toughness, I wouldnt mind seeing if we could add Clutterbuck (as much as I think MIN wouldnt trade him) to our 3rd line RW. He'd add some offensive, tenacity, great on the PK, and a truckload of hits....
People are honestly concerned and willing to give up assets for a backup #6 defensemen???!?!?! People realize you can't have an NHL ready player to step into every position assuming a player goes down...Muzzin is close enough, give him a chance. You don't need an average 30 yo nothing to be ready to plug into every hole that may appear at some time.
Peckham would be cheap, we have some good defensive defenceman with size in Marincin, Teubert and Musil.
David Musil is the next Matt Greene.
I doubt they get Teubert back after dealing him. Marincin is not at all what the op is looking for, and would cost an arm and a leg. Musil would be expensive too, and is too far away from NHL duty for what the op wants. Peckham may be cheap on HF, but i really do think the Oilers believe in him. Mark my words, we deal Peckham and he becomes Matt Greene all over again. He was our youngest dman last year with Petry, of course he sat. He did suffer a bit of a sophmore slump but was excellent on the PK, can enforce, and has a solid track record in the AHL and had a good rookie year. I may be in the minority of Oiler fans but moving Peckham would be a mistake.
Sophomore slump + being stuck with Gragnani as his partner for half the season, tbh. (Seriously, I bet at least half of those minuses are Grag's fault.) Doubt he's going anywhere since we acquired Ott and they are "brothers", in any case.
Well, it was more a matter of the genius that Ruff is deciding "Hey, Weber plays physical...Let's make him a shutdown D-man" and trying to put Weber against top line opposition...and it failed, greatly, giving him an excuse to keep Grags in the lineup over Weber. Nevermind that Weber-Regehr was extremely slow...but he literally took Weber from the Press Box and put him against the likes of the Malkins of the world and expected it to work.
Erskine is good as a depth tough guy (and I'd actually put him into top 6 over what the Caps have there right now). However, depending on what happens with new coach he might not get a chance to play for the Caps much, and if that's the case, I'd want to deal or package him with something for like a 3rd round pick.