Agree. Somewhere along the way MG really messed up the 'mix' of this team.
1. Kassian, yes step in the right direction but he needs to be used with the Sedins - AV is an idiot
2. Gaunce and Jensen, Gaunce grit, Jensen size but not a hitter, but uses it like Sundin, protecting the puck etc so again good picks who should help this team down the road.
3. Right now..issues. When they let Torres go for 700k well that was stupidity. The guy was an intimidator, a hitter, with speed, and would drop them and score. Perfect third line agitator.
4. Manny is a bigger loss than people realize (healthy manny). He was one of the best shut down centers in the league, a great player on the PK and top 3 in faceoffs, which was also big on the pk and just defensively. If you win a vast majority of draws in your own end and get possession its hard for the other team to score. This is something not really being talked about on the forums but I am sure, that our faceoff % is probably one of the worst in the league with Kesler out and Manny gone. This never helps your gaa. MG needs to replace him, somehow, before the playoffs. Either Lappy has to move to 4 and you find a 3 or go find a REAL 4.
5. Booth, size, doesn't use it. Speed great, no hands. Trade him for a guy who gets in on the forecheck like Hansen, but has size. Doesn't even need to have great hands, just able to pot 15-20 but can get in and force turnovers and play the boards. Put that guy with Kesler and Burrows.
6. Kassian needs to be on the top line. No use having speed, size, hands, and the willingness to use them all, lacking that on your top two and then playing him on the 4th. Again AV's decisions confuse me. but whatever , flogging the dead horse.
2. Yes, I also like those two, Jensen brings the skill and size, Gaunce has skill, size, grit, physicality and is workman like, I think he can become a Brooks Laich/Ryan O'Rielly type of player
3. It was actually for more than that, north of a million, and I think Higgins is an upgrade on him anyways as he has a tendancy to deliver borderline hits and take bad penalties from time to time, I don't think it is really a huge loss now that we have Higgins for that 3LW spot.
4. Couldn't agree more, I can't believe all those idiots saying dump Manny for nothing when he was actually a really big part of the team and something that needs to be replaced, and to this point hasn't been.
5. Disagree, he is physical, does use his size and is good on the forecheck, and I think you saw it tonight, he has been playing well and has just been snake bitten, but if he continues this he will be rewarded, and if he plays like this in the playoffs I like what we have. No reason to trade this guy, he has put up 2nd line calibre production since coming over from Florida well adding more needed size, speed, physicality and fearlessness. Keep him. He will be solid in the playoffs.
6. Agreed, or else atleast in the top 6, although I have liked him with Booth and Higgins recently, Hopefully AV throws him with Booth and Kesler (When he returns)