Gaucho wrote:I used to be a big fan of the Sarge, but I think he would be a terrible solution as a stopgap at that price. Remember, in the real world this is real money the ownership has to pay. I assume theyd not be thrilled to commit that much money to a player you dont really want out there in ES situations. Better to spend the money on a player that knows how to do a quiet, reliable job in his own end. Just mho.
but where are we going to get such a player without having to give up much assets for? Are we going to fill it with some scrub journeyman fringe NHL'r just to fill a spot? or do we utilize some of our cap cushion to over pay for a player to help the powerplay and provide some depth on D should someone get hurt. Remember last year when letang was out out pathetic our PP was. Do you remember we had to have a forward on the point all season because we didn't have the correct D players to play the point on the PP, do you remember all the shorthanded goals we gave up because we had a forward on the point all season and in the playoffs.
I bet if we gave up 1/2 of the shorthanded goals we did last year we would have won the division and played the 7th or 8th ranked team instead of the Flyers.
Like it or not, right now this team has some major problems with the makeup of the D squad, we have a bunch of people who are average in all areas but don't excel in any areas either. I hate to say it, but we are too well balanced. We need some D that will clear the crease, we need some D who can run a PP. Orpik and Letang are about the only two d who do excel in certain areas. Martin, Niskanen, Michalek, Lovejoy were all decent, but never great. This is where the Goligoski trade really hurt us (no I wouldn't take that trade back) but he provided that little bit of offensive depth that we never regained.
Just think next year if Letang gets hurt, we are absolutely screwed!