J.I.A.H.N Posted February 6, 2022 Share Posted February 6, 2022 So, as I sit here this morning, reading the different posts, it comes to me that we do not have that dominant Dman. One that controls the front of the net, who is able to consistently handle the other teams stars, and who can skate up ice, and join the play, and has the IQ to know when to get back. This Dman does not have to be the highest point getter on the team, but rather just dominates games when on the ice. Hedman in Tampa, Pietrangelo in Vegas, Doughty in LA, Carlson in Washington, Ekblad in Florida, etc..........younger guys like Fox in New York, Seider in Detroit, and Maker in Colorado are in the new wave dominant Dmen. And as much as I love Quinn Hughes, he is not in that class of player. These guys are tough to get, and there is a certain amount of luck, but it also takes guts to do. I really like Chicago getting Jones, and Vegas going out and getting Pietrangelo, was a great move, but if you are going to do that, you have to be good with moving assets, either future or a combination of both Future and current assets. This leads me to the question of which is, do we have enough assets to acquire such an asset? And a RHD to boot! This has lead me to ask the question, do we truly have enough young assets that we could move some to get what we need. My answer is no. No we do not, as we have used our assets to get Miller, Garland and OEL, and to move players out. Yes, our U25's are not that bad, but do we really have what we need to take the next step before our older vets start aging out? This brings me back to getting this elusive RHD man, and most probably a young 1st line center, down the line. How do we do it? And can we do it with out moving current asset out? The answer that comes to me is no! We do not have enough asset, and there is none that would be worthy of discussion in the minors or still developing. So, IMO, we are stuck, stuck right in the middle, and in no where land! We have this years 1st, and the following years 1st, to use, but if using in the draft, any asset is 2 to 3 years away, which really shortens any window we have with our now, dominant veterans, such as Miller, Horvat, Garland and more so OEL (although not really dominant). So where do we go from here? I think that is where JR is today, and what question he is asking today. My belief, is that as painful as it is, we need to take that step back, and to adjust our roster to meet all needs, and that suggests to me that moving veterans, may be the only way that that can happen, and that any upward movement will happen in 2 to 3 years, when the adjustments are concluded. I keep asking myself, can I actually stomach that some more? I am not sure I can................ So even though this is about acquiring a dominant defenseman, it is about a greater question, and how we achieve the greater goal.............. I would love to hear you answers to this............please indulge! 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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