Ginu09 - (Omar S)Member since April 8, 2012
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- Comment on About this season … (2012-04-08 10:00:59)
We need a Tootoo type.
- Comment on About this season … (2012-04-08 09:17:10)
We have a lot to look forward to and it starts with our core. With Price, Pacioretty, PK, and a probable franchise player added from this year's draft, the core looks strong moving forward. I wouldn't move our 1st rounder this year for a Getzlaf - he scored 11 goals this year, had a questionable work ethic and is UFA after next season. What I would do is stay on course - if we draft Grigorenko, Galchenyuk or Forsberg this year, we're building up our top 6. While I'm uncertain about Pierre McGuire as GM, his 7-player Cup model makes sense. We have Price, we have multiple stud defensemen in Subban and Markov (if he returns to form next year), we have a franchise power forward in Pacioretty and we have a number of players who can slot into that 5th slot - Gorges, Emelin, Desharnais and Cole. The last two spots McGuire says are your top 2 centers and this is the problem we have with this group. Desharnais, Eller and Plekanec aren't franchise centers. If we're able to draft a franchise center this season and we have the opportunity to solve the center problem that we've had for 20 years, he becomes our #1 and Plekanec the perfect #2 long-term. With the core of Price, PK, Pacioretty, our 2012 1st rounder, Plekanec, Markov and a flood of other great players, we do have a lot to look forward to. When Tinordi, Beaulieu, Gallagher, Ellis and Kristo make the jump in 2 or so years, we'll hopefully be looking back on this year with a "the night is darkest just before the dawn" mentality. Next season, we have to address four needs (last season it was three but we traded Cammalleri). These assume that next year we want to challenge - First and second, we need two new players in our top 6. A Parise is ideal but a Parenteau will do. Ideally, the other is a ready-made player (ideally a center) who we can draft this year. However, he'll likely be a season or so away. When he's ready, we sure have a big problem to deal with with how Desharnais is turning out. Third, grit on the 3rd / 4th line. Get in a Tootoo or Cooke type. Lapierre would have been ideal. Maybe move Moen up to the 3rd line to add that punch with Eller and Leblanc. Fourth, some grit and nasty on our 3rd defensive pairing. Guys like Engeland, Allen, or Sutton to add to this group. I'm excited and the future starts on April 10th.