Maybe this an outside the box stretch but; I wonder if the fact that recently our star player, Daniel and a longtime dman, Salo, were victims of cheap shots and there was no response.
Not trying to start a "do we need a goon" thread because we don't but considering our top players are a focus for physicality and the culture has become to retaliate via the "power play" cough, cough. Some players would rather sign with teams they feel more physically supported.
That's a good point and it came up on the other thread when we were discussing Versteeg (I think) I said I would certainly think twice (in his position) about coming here being on the small side.
The problem is while we knew we had a problem we tried to solve it firstly in the 4th line (which is never really effective) and then by trying Bitz and Kass up with the Sedins. So the problem is recognised, we just don't seem to tackle it like an elite team we seam to want to do it on the cheap.
Doan was mentioned and while I am not enamoured of some of his antics he is 2 or 3 levels above Bitz and is an awesome competitor with plenty of attitude and push back to go with the skill.
I'm not opposed to trying to go with a younger player if he is proven but I am of the opinion we are far to good a team with far too much to offer to need to pick up cast offs or lucky dips.
It also comes down to what MG gave the scouts to go on. Did he tell them to look for someone who would drop them for a team mate and clear out bodies trying to molest Lu / Schneider or did he say we need another Ehrhoff. I would be interested in finding out.
Similarly was Kassian acquired to go right into the team and play10+ mins on the 2nd /3rd line? Was Gragnani an Ehrhoff replacement also or was he supposed to supply push back...........either way he was a fail. We actually needed someone who we could depend on now.
Lastly we have Booth. Now I would have assumed that Booth was brought in to "play with" Kes and Raymond...........Well then did MG's scouts even take into consideration the guy doesn't like to pass? Surely for anyone playing with Kes you would want the opposite.............again it doesn't make sense.
Edited by Bodee, 05 July 2012 - 08:09 AM.