Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:42 AM
this is the end of an era guys, if totally healthy we are a very competitive team, but as you can see, with one key injury, we are just an average team battling for a spot between 3 and 11
Losing Hodgson hurt us because we need centers badly. Not sure why Gillis traded Hodgson when he knew Kesler was very very injured, especially when he could not get a centre back...
If Kesler returns to form...
If we get a good 3C
If our D stays/gets healthy-edler, bieksa hamhuis
If our D plays close to their potential
If our goaltending plays close to their potential then...
we are a contender, so far none of these ifs are happening.
in 2011-2010 we had insane depth on the back end- remember we played 75% of the season without elder,
Hansen-Malhotra- Torres was a great 3rd line...Malhotra probably the best 3C we've had
Lappy played above his usual level in the playoffs
edler, erhoff, sedins, kesler and burrows had very special years that year,
I say, trade scheider for a good young C who has top line potential and then slot that guy in on the 2nd line. In a second trade get a 3C, Goc, Matthias or someone among that ilk.
we need to get a good young center back for Schneider, we need to get younger and that is our area of greatest weakness.
I really liked MG, thought he was the best GM we have had but the Ballard trade, the Hodgson trade and the lack of a goalie trade have all significantly hurt this team. He was a maestro in that Erhoff trade- but then let our best PP QB in hx go- yes he got a bick contract offer elsewhere, but Gillis was offering Bieksa money...that is not fair to the best offensive d man this franchise has had. Salo and Mitchell- he low balled....
Sad to say it, but he messed us up badly.