fanzone2010 Posted July 17, 2013 Share Posted July 17, 2013 Like all concerned fans, I've watched the team get knocked easily out of the playoffs the last two years, and nothing's happened in the off-season to suggest the team will be competitive or a contender this year again. I would hate to see the Sedin's last years be thrown away without at least an attempt to go for the holy grail again. So if the team isn't already contemplating the type of moves suggested below, I hope they can before its too late for this season, and the next. Problems: the team has too many "tweener" forwards. Too small to play physical game consistently, and not quite skilled enough to warrant not being more physical. GM talked about getting bigger, and I think the team has to do that, to be competitive in the new division, or we'll get pounded. We've also lacked a puck-carrying defensemen since Erhoff left, which was a key to the Sedin and the offensive resurgence of the team, in the glory years 2-3 years ago. Suggested changes: 1. Trade Booth & Higgins for draft picks, even if it means still carrying some of their salaries. 2. Sign Jagr to play with Sedins, Ponikarovsky or Antropov to play with Kesler and Kassian. 3. Trade for puck-carrying defensemen. (in either Booth, Higgins, or Burrows trade) Rationale: Jagr doesn't have legs and speed he once did, but his size, skill, and finish would give Sedins the first really elite winger they've ever played with. And if the team gets a puck carrying defensemen to break the trap and set up with the Sedins and Jagr in the offensive zone, they could dominate again. Neither Ponikarovsky or Antropov are particularly physical (Penner was first choice, but he's gone), but they both have size (6.4). Ponikarovsky is good in the corners, and along with Kassian they can work the corners and get pucks to Kesler, for his one-timers and wrist shot. Just the size and speed of that line would give teams trouble. These two top lines, along with a 3rd line of Gaunce, Jensen, and Hansen, would make the team, bigger, and able to come at teams in waves, particularly with an offensive defensemen to help jump start the offence. And if Horvat and Kellan Lain show reasonably well in camp, I'd love to Horvat center the fourth line, and Kellan backup Ponikarovsky and Jensen. So, the lines would be: Jagr - Sedin - Sedin Kassian - Kesler - Ponikarovsky Hansen - Gaunce - Jensen/Lain Weise - Horvat - Sistito If this approach paid off, it could give the Sedins fresh life, and the team a couple years of being competitive, and even contending again. It also gives the young players (Horvat, Shinkaruk, Jensen, Gaunce) a couple years to learn the pro game, and step into top 6 roles when the Sedins retire. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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