thad, on 30 March 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:
I agree with you.. I think acquiring a clowe or someone would be much more useful to us in the playoffs. Someone that will make a different impact. Clowe brings playoff nastiness that I'm sure would rub off on kassian and others.
Our team is already really good defensively, without kesler, just look how we're winning games. All on great defense and keeping shots to the outside... We still have a selke winner to add to the team
IMO making some noise this year in the playoffs is not going to come from a 3rd line defensive centre. We're already good at shutting good teams down. Making some noise is going to come from adding an element we don't have, an intangible like the nastiness of Ryane Clowe that rubs off on the team or a pure goal scorer, sniper like gaborik.. I like the idea of adding nastiness because he would come much cheaper as a ufa.
Clowe Kesler Kassian
Ray schray Hansen
Ray kesler Hansen
Higgins bozak kassian
Close call but I think I like the clowe lineup better
Where did Higgins go?
What's the price for Clowe?
Imo, even with Booth out of the lineup, the least of this team's needs are a LW tweener.
The concern I have with Clowe is that he plays with an extremely talented top 6 in San Jose - how do you go 27 games without a goal in that context? It's worthless to speculate, but sounds ike something fundamentally wrong there.
As far as I'm concerned, the team has two weaker spots.
When Henrik is taking last minute defensive zone faceoffs with a one goal lead, we have a short term condition that is acceptable, but beyond short term, it's a definite problem - and Kesler's return and health cannot be assumed.
Second, this team has needed to depend upon Cam Barker at times. Again, ok in the short run, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to depend upon him in the playoffs.
Don't see Clowe as an upgrade over Higgins, and don't see him warranting the price, certainly not under these circumstances.
Two way center, right side defensive depth are greater priorities. If those are addressed, and Clowe is added at a reasonable price, great. But Clowe imo is a sidebar.