Garrison is another unproven Florida player who probably wont work out like booth. His contract is huge and there is a possibility he could just flop.
We still have both Luongo and Schneider here and we cannot win with that much value (Not even contract numbers, if you transferred the value of each player to another position we'd be in so much better shape. Players don't appear out of thin air, you have to give up value in one position to gain it somewhere else) wasted on a position where only one of them can make a difference in a game. Don't use the "insurance" argument because we all know that's bunk, we have to offload one of them and get stronger up front.
And talking about up front, our bottom 6 hasn't had much work done to it and it needs it. Out top 6 is the exact same as last season where scoring goals was an issue all season long. It's not a slump, our offense is lack luster.
Also, our defense still doesn't have that anchor. No one really leads the defense. Sure, Hamhius is great but he's not a cup winning #1 defenseman.
I don't see how we go from losing in 5 games in the first round to cup contenders if this is the team we go into the playoffs with.
I do...to an extent.
Garrison is a player who has shown improvement year after year after year and there is no reason other than emo whiny rock ricking to suggest otherwise. He is likely going to make a big mark with our D just like he did for Florida. People saying his success is all because of Campbell need to give their heads a shake. After they finish shaking they need to go back and check out how Campbell was doing before being paired with Garrison. Anyone suggesting that wasn't a two way street in terms of their pairing might as well flop.
The insurance argument isn't bunk you just don't have any real argument against it. However....unless I slept in and the season started already the word on the street is that Luongo is getting traded. Word is he's asked for a trade and word is it's getting worked on. So this pissing and moaning paragraph is a little premature.
The bottom 6 needs little to know work done on it. The offense is not lackluster either but it has a big hole on the second line. Kesler is not a guy who can do it on his own and neither is Booth. These guys are stars but they aren't the stars CDC wants to think they are. Kesler is a top 6 not a top 3. That line needs an anchor. The biggest thing this team needs is a top 6 forward who can slot in on the second line and fill in on the first line if needed. Personally I'd like to see 2 top 6 guys and have Burrows play a 2nd line/3rd line role but that's not needed really.
Did you see how we went from one game of the Stanley Cup to losing in the 1st round? Because if you say that you should be able to see the other way as well.
The D is better, the goaltending should be resolved and we still need a top 6 forward. The team hasn't taken a step back it just hasn't taken a big enough step forward yet.
Edited by EmployeeoftheMonth, 29 August 2012 - 08:18 AM.