Good news: Columbus brings in two centers.
Bad news: Its Brendan Morrison and Eric Lindors.
Good news: Columbus brings in top pairing d-man.
Bad news: Its Wade Redden and he costs $7.5 million per over 5 years. Spends first day in Columbus at Double Eagle.
Good news: Columbus drafts Filatov
Bad news: Befriended by Alex Svitov and develops a love for winters in Omsk.
Good news: Howson finds a center for Rick Nash.
Bad news: By trading him to San Jose.
"Every game, every point is a necessity." -- Ty Conklin, January 2007
"I'll have a chance to compete for the post of first issue. This is the most important thing." -- Sergei Bobrovsky, June 2012
The Bad News: On opening night, Nash has his knee destroyed in a collision with Vancouver's Taylor Pyatt. Modin messes up his back while bending over to aid the injured captain, sadly ending his hockey career.
I have to draw the line with even a mention of Nash destroying his knee...call me superstitious, I guess
Okay, if all that happens all at once, then to balance things out, here's my predictions on how that team does:
* Chimera spends the offseason practicing his finishing skills over and over and over, and suddenly there's ten more goals where once there were goalposts and open air.
* Fritsche has a career year with some thirty goals.
* Malhotra's brief moment of glory period last year manages to sustain itself, and he ends up being something like a #2 center throughout the year. That's okay, because...
* Brassard, despite a slow start, absolutely takes off in December, and finishes on the top line with with 90 points.
* Russell, having had some time off, comes back ready to kick ass, and starts putting up Rafalski-like numbers.
* Schenn, against all odds, turns out to be good enough defensively out of the box that Klesla can explore his more offensive side. Klesla finishes with 15 goals.
* After being beaten into shape by Hitch, Emery remembers that he used to be considered a Cup-contending goalie, and backstops the CBJ all the way to the finals.
* Nash tops it off with a breakway overtime winner in Game 7 of the Cup finals.
Deranged Optimism. That's the key, folks!
I agree and its nice to see that Cullen agrees with what I have been saying all along, Hitch needs to play Fritsche and give him an HONEST shot on this team, only then will you see his true potential.