Nope. We've got a stud no. 1 d-man, that's all. Markov is sliding into third-pairing PP specialist territory, and Gorges would not be a top-four d-man on any contending team. He's a 5-6 guy ideally.
No, it's my opinion, which is just as valid as yours.
And Emelin is recovering from surgery, which is why he's absent from my blueline projections. I like Emelin, and I think he's top-four material, but in all likelihood, we'll be starting the season without him.
Our defense core is the weakest aspect of our team at this point, but I tend to think we over-state how poor it is.
Taking your comment on Gorges for example:
Boston - I'd put him in the top 4 on their depth chart, distantly behind Chara and Seidenberg but that's about it. Obviously Hamilton is a bigger talent with a higher ceiling but otherwise Gorges compares favourably to Boychuk, Ference, McQuaid etc.
Chicago - Obviously behind Keith, Seabrook and probably Hjalmarsson. Leddy is better offensively but Q was scared to use him in the playoffs.
Penguins - Behind Letang and Martin, probably in the same ballpark as Niskanen or Orpik (both do some things better, some things worse)
LA - Great defense core, I think Gorges still challenges for a top 4 spot on their depth chart (would bring similar to what Scuderi brought who I would say was their #3-4 guy).
Anyway, those are the conference finalists. Gorges wouldn't be a cut above a lot of these defenders but he'd very interchangeable IMHO with a lot of second pairing guys on these teams. This isn't to trumpet that Josh is some superstar; let's face it, he had a rough year and I think his contract is an overpayment.
It's more a comment on the quality of defensemen around the league and how many great ones teams can realistically acquire.
Edited by BeanCountingHab, 09 July 2013 - 12:41 PM.