mikey287 wrote: NJ5934 wrote:
mikey287 wrote:Shaking things up would not be claiming fringe NHLers off waivers to send down the best d-man on the team this year in Despres (or waive someone I guess). That just adds another tire to the fire...neither player would be helpful to us...
Janssen is hardly a fringe guy. He's actually an ideal 4th liner. Quick, big, big hitter and fearless fighter. I would rather have him playing alongside Adams and Vitale than Jeffrey or Tangradi. While I would agree Janssen is hardly the answer to all our woes, I think he would bring A LOT of energy to a lineup desperately lacking it.
For an ideal 4th liner, he sure gets scratched and waived a bit more than you'd expect. He's not particularly big, he's not quick, he does fight, I'll give you that, he also takes horrible penalties and is distracted by his own antics on the ice - rarely interested in defending or the puck...so I gotta disagree that he's anything but a fringe NHLer and he's not an ideal anything really...that's why he has trouble keeping a regular spot in the lineup...are you sure you got the right guy?
I'm not saying he's ideal here, but he has a lot of what this team is lacking and it would cost nothing to add him. He is quick, I've watched him play when he was in Jersey. We aren't talking about Eric Godard here. And despite his size, he plays big. He's a big hitter which I'd rather have than another fighter. He's only 28 and he's been a regular in the NHL since 05. 48 games a season on average isn't unusual given the enforcer role he's typically played.
I thought what this team lacked last year and the year previous was a presence. Steve Ott comes to mind. A guy that can get really nasty, can generate energy, change the game. Maybe Cooke played that role in the past but right now we have nothing. Nothing.
It comes down to identity and right now this team doesn't have a good one. If anything, it now seems spoiled, spoiled with talent and spoiled by success in the past. I would have thought the playoffs last season would have been a wake up, but clearly it wasn't. This team was the most dominant when it dominated the physical play, particularly in the attack end. The guys that led the way, Cooke, Adams, Kunitz even Dupuis seem slow now. It's like the game plan changed. This team used to force turnovers by using it's speed to punish opposing blueliners. Now it seems these guys are trapping the puck and then sacrificing themselves physically to dump and keep the cycle going. We had to have been the most hit team in the league the past two seasons and I'm not just talking about concussions.
Something has to change. This team desperately lacks a presence, an identity. Whether it's a veteran or a couple replacements in the energy department, something has to change. I think in general this team, particularly the lineup this season, is overrated a bit, there is still no reason teams like the Leafs, Sens and Isles should be completely dominating them.