Well, Garrison is an upgrade in the sense of toughness certainly, and as a two way D.But he's Salo's replacement, not our German buddy's. So far our team D looks ordinary with Edler playing his off - side to accomodate Garrison. We are still very weak on the right side! Nor have we replaced Erhoff's ability to put the puck on his stick and carry the puck up ice against pressure.
So we have yet to see any sense of D play as good as our finals year. I suppose (sincerely) having Vandermeer add's that extra element of toughness, should we have occasion to call on depth, and Barker is 225 odd lbs. But Hamhuis and Bieksa had trouble with San Jose's size up in our Top 4 and Edler/Garrison clearly have not gelled yet. Thats on D.
The San Jose game displayed obvious size mis match problem, albeit with Booth, Manny (coaches decision ???) and Kesler out. We'll have to see if AV can put our world beating D back into game form, but there are obvious needs up front which should be addressed as well.
Even at full health with Booth and Kesler back, the way I see it we should be moving a left wing, a left D (Ballard/Garrison/Edler/Bieksa is $19.3 mill per year) and a goalie to make room for a right D, a big right wing, a centre and a back up goalie in no particular order. Not at full strength we're clearly getting our lunch handed to us in size match up problems which might be solved making moves we need to make anyway...
I realize Old News promised everyone here Garrison was superb on the right side knocking one of those off the table....
, I still say we also would like to that D trade to incorporate a puck rushing D
into that equation. And if it was a left side puck rushing D (Leddy, Gardiner) then in fact we need to move two left D to get the perfect mix?
Well that's why we went out and got Barker and Vandermeer.
Our D was good enough to get us to the finals, and replacing Ehrhoff with Garrison is only an upgrade in the toughness department.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 28 January 2013 - 05:01 PM.