We've already tried signing tough guys to play on our 4th line and that has never really worked out for us. You see guys like Hordichuk or Weise or Bitz playing in our 4th line and they try to bring intimidation but they end up taking stupid penalties. They don't do anything for our team but just waste a roster spot. Rypien imo was probably the best we've had since. If you wanted guys who had heart and size and can intimidate the other team, you can look no further than Raffi Torres. Huge hits, plays with heart, and its great that he can score too. That was a guy that helped our team physically. Travis Moen as well. You're asking for Gillis to go after fighters that won't do anything in the playoffs except fight or create stupid penalties so the other team can go on the PP. That's not a great formula for success. I'm sure you know that our motto is that "if you wanna beat us, you gotta outscore us."
Lack of heart, biggest problem is our star players arent being protected the team motto is if u hurt our players we'll hurt you on the powerplay guess what bruins beat on sedins and guess what we never scored crap on powerplay we actually gave up like 4 short handed goals in that series!!!
This team did nothing to marchant when he rag dolled sedin. If i had been on the ice in bantam and someone did that to our star player i would grabbed him and at least stood up for him thats called heart. this team lacks it. Another example Duncan Keith intentionally injures sedin and hes out rest a yr theres a bit of a scrum but no one does anything. When the lockout is over we need to sign some mean players our 4th line should be feared (parros woulda been perfect signing but florida grabbed him dammit hes tough and can play)
If it weren't for his health issues, Mitchell would still be a Canuck. But at the time, nobody knew if he would ever recover from that concussion that he got from Malkin. Also, he was asking for a wee bit too much money at his current state of health at that time. Tell me, if someone is coming back from concussion and he's asking for a lot of money, would you re-sign him? Probably not. And no, you can't use Crosby as an example because Crosby is a franchise player and anyone in their right mind would re-sign him in a heartbeat.
Secondly since we let willy mitchell go we havent had a mean shutdown dman please get one that instills fear into oppositions offense.
lol Kassian is nowhere near where Hodgson will be. Sure we have a power forward and I'm hoping for the best in Kassian but when we were rolling in January and February, that trade was a shocker. What happened in the playoffs? Kassian and Gragnani was scratched. Had little to no effect for us. This is Gillis hoping that Kassian would develop into a blue chip prospect.
Heres some things i love that Gillis has done.
Kassian for Hodgson- kassians gonna be a beast in a few yrs power forward and no drama
i think zach has as much talent as hodgson is youngen and doesnt
have meddling parents. hodgson parents are like lindros's.
The guys you mention are top 10 prospects that only rebuilding teams would snag. If we were to trade up into those picks, we'd have to give up pretty much Schroeder or Schneider or Kesler. Someone that can help their team now. And we aren't gonna do that. Our scouting staff has changed since Gillis came in and if you've noticed, the guys we've signed via FA, the undrafted players, and the players we draft, they all have high hockey IQ and are smart enough to develop into a good hockey player. We're patient enough to wait on guys like Jensen or Gaunce or Schroeder or Connaughton because we know that they're smart people and that it takes time to develop into a Johan Franzen or a Patrice Bergeron type player.. Our scouting staff has actually improved.
3. Scouting isnt as good as it should be, we find odd gem like corrado thankfully hes gonna be a stud but we draft small players like schroeder hes 5'8 170 we need to draft 6'4 218 pound mean talented canadian kids not smurfettes. Time for new scouting staff and more whl kids (missed on lucic, fistric, griffith reinhart, ty rattie, dalton thrower, morgan reilly, ryan murray, mcilrath, howden these guys will be studs or at least solid)
And I bet you've never heard of Frankie Corrado until recently because of all the media attention he's been getting recently.