It does seem that since the deals that brought Higgins and Lappy, a majority of deals have created more problems than they solved.
On face value Higgins is better than Torres. But add in Manny's injury situation and our third line certainly does not offer the physical wall which could take on any top line defensively.
Edler has replaced Erhoff's scoring, but we no longer have the deadly breakout which made us the top scoring team in the league, nor do we acquire the zone (without his puck carrying skills) on the PP as well. Garrison will add some needed dimensions, but we still lack a guy who can lug the puck
! It makes us susceptible to pressure and we spend more of our time playing defense. For the record; this NOT a forward to make Kesler effective is BY FAR our biggest need!
Booth added speed and physicality, but suddenly we were desperate for a large RW in our top 6 and we never yet iced the skater (Kassian may become) who intimidates and punishes opposing teams. And will Kassian get there while the Twins are still elite players?
Who is going to supply the puck control and passing Samuelsson and Hodgson were offering behind our first line?
Garrison is a blessing! He helps in many ways; no downside here.
Still need a bone crunching depth player at right D and right wing...
Many holes still... How many can we fill trading Lou?
A few years ago I really liked the direction we were headed in. The goal was clear - we had an all star goalie who needed some support around him, so that what we went out and got. We got Ehrhoff, Hamhuis, Ballard, Malhotra, etc all in an attempt to play a "D first" mentality. In addition, our stars were starting to shine up front so goal scoring wasn't a concern.
Now all of a sudden we have a changing of the guard in net, our top scorers have been shut down in critical playoff games for the past two seasons, and we have no real notable players coming up from the farm. We traded away our prized prospect, and we still get run and beaten up physically by all the other teams.
Our biggest problem is that our core is not getting any younger and we don't have any up and coming players who can take over the role of "core players" in a few seasons.
It remains to be seen how we stack up once hockey gets going again, but I can't help but feel that we missed our window of opportunity and that the window won't come again till a whole rebuild takes place again.