Manatee-X Posted July 2, 2009 Report Share Posted July 2, 2009 We failed to get a big centreman. We'll use Camm as a winger. So who do we have as our second line center? Pleks. If anything was shown last year it is that Pleks is not ready (and probably never will be ready) to be our 2nd Line center. I still think we should sign Saku or Lang. But I think we will go for the likes of Antropov or (coughs) Radek Bonk. Right now, we have a quick talented group of forwards. But we had a quick talented group of forwards last year and they got pushed and bullied around, and INJURED. We lost our entire 1st line at one point (Tanguay, Higgins and Koivu). Well what happens to us this year if we lose our entire first line (Gomez, Camm and Gionta?) for 20-25 games? I don't see us faring any better than last year. What will happen to us if we lose our entire first line? Well, I'd say pretty much the same thing as any other team that loses their entire first line. There's having depth, and then there's having depth.... that's not really a contingency that's worth planning for since you're pretty much sunk if it happens regardless. Anyways, I'm of two minds. Emotional, fan mind is very much upset about losing the players we did, especially Mr. Koivu. He's been on the team since I was old enough to watch hockey with any real degree of understanding and I just don't buy the argument that he was old or washed up or whatever. The way it happened too, without even giving him an offer... well, I just feel bad about it and I wish him the best wherever he plays. Analytical mind, on the other hand, is cautiously optimistic. I'm a big fan of both the Cammeleri and Spacek signings, and I think both have been kind of underrated around the league (until Camm played for higher profile Calgary last year, anyway). Both have been good for me in my hockey pools, in any case . I actually don't mind Hal Gill that much either. You could say it's back to overpaying for a lower pairing defenseman, but the two year term is good and he's been pretty solid in the last few years from what I've seen. What I'm not sure about is the Gomez/Gionta pairing. Obviously I hope they rekindle what they had in Jersey, but I'm worried that this seems almost like a sideways move from Koivu/Kovalev. We saw what happened when those two get a good linemate last year, and they could have been signed for far less and for a shorter term than the two former Devils. Someone above had a good point when they said to leave the cap to Gainey and worry as a fan about how they'll play, but there's such a difference in money here that the supporting cast could be significantly improved had we kept our two UFAs from last year. Anyways, I'm obviously hoping that they light it up and that looking back in a year we all agree that these were great moves. If nothing else, Bob never fails to do the unexpected. Every year we're waiting for a big signing and there's nothing, finally this year people get tired of getting their hopes up and suddenly we get five new players in 24 hrs. It should be fun next year! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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