D-Money, on 19 February 2013 - 12:15 PM, said:
Christian Ehrhoff isn't a playoff player either. His defensive liabilities are more exposed, and teams are able to shut him down with a better system. Outside of two games where he benefited from Kesler's heroics in Nashville for 5 points, he was rarely effective offensively.
It's hard to tell how Garrison will be, as he was playing injured in his first playoff series, and missed a few games...but 3 points in 4 games is a pretty darn good start.
Yup, Garrison has the physical ability to be an impact player in the playoffs. The minute you forget about him offensively as well, he'll jump in and put a shot through to score. He's going to really show his worth against top players defensively and contributing points on occasion as well.
theminister, on 19 February 2013 - 12:38 PM, said:
Or we could do nothing and wait until Garrison is finally moved over to the right side of Edler.
I know it seems like we could be dissatisfied with our D corps right now but most teams would love to have our problems. Sure, if Ballard could be moved for a puck rushing RH d-man then I'd be all for it but that opportunity may not materialize.
What I'd like the team to consider would be demoting one of Barker or Alberts and picking up Brule to spell Weise as a 4th line RW. What he gives up in muscle he adds in centre ice versatility and skill.
Essentially this. It's one of those things that'd be great to have, and we know we'll be forced into some moves come summertime, but anything we look at right now is either tweaking our roster or adding pieces for the future.
I'm not as sold on the Brule idea though. If he was more capable than who we already have, he would have been picked up by a lesser team probably already. If we run into injury problems (knock on wood) I could see us having to look for more depth, but if we're already pushing down more talented players like Higgins, Hansen, Kassian, etc. to our 4th line as we get fully healthy then I wouldn't want to lose what toughness we do have.
Edited by elvis15, 19 February 2013 - 12:45 PM.