SKYO wrote:Agreed both ya'll^^
The thing thats fucks with my head is does MG have to acquire players that suit Torts style?
Does he have to go and try to get somebody like Callahan now?
Not Callahan, I hope. Too expensive, way too much term and way too old for where we need to be headed.
One would hope that management has a philosophy and vision for what it wants its team to look like. I would hope that the coach fits in with that vision, and not the other way around.
Most of us thought this was going to be a transition year of sorts, and I certainly thought this team had a curious identity to start the year, but if ownership is really shocked that the team isn’t hanging in there with the top dogs then I really have to question what their vision is (aside from having a team with a serious lack of depth...).
SKYO wrote:Plus do we have to worry about how Torts will handle bringing in Horvat, Gaunce, Shinkaruk etc. in the next coupla seasons?
Torts seemed to do ok with some youngsters, but Kreider was held back, ehh too much to think about right now ha.
Why? Gaunce, Horvat, Cassels and Fox are all described as strong two-way players. Shinkaruk is a bit different, but maybe there is such a thing as having too many players cut from the same cloth. Frankly this team needs somebody with a bit of flare and creativity like Shinkaruk.
If I’m running the organization, my first order of business is to acquire that young, top six winger. Not a project guy, or an old guy, but a legitimate top six guy who already is putting up 25+ goals. This would be someone like Kane, Voracek, Simmonds, Stewart or Eberle (just throwing some names out there). Somebody needs to be brought in to do some heavy lifting on the offensive side in the here and now, but also into the future.
Hansen and Edler would be the carrots I dangle first, but any of Hamhuis, Bieksa or Garrison could go as well. Maybe now is a good time to sell Hamhuis, Garrison or Bieksa while their stock is high and they still have good term and money left on their contracts. Maybe you can afford to trade two of Hamhuis/Bieksa/Garrison/Edler and go after a Girardi in the off season?
I think you can put together a good defensive group with what’s left and rounding out the depth through free agency. Maybe Diaz is a guy who can be effective in a sheltered bottom pairing role, and quite frankly I am very high on Tanev and Stanton’s ability to both step into bigger roles.
My forwards would be rounded out with the kids, and if I’m Gillis I do not trade a single one of them because that just makes our chances of them panning out for us even worse. I would try to keep Higgins.
I keep coming back to Hamhuis and Bieksa when I think about this team's needs. Hamhuis is a BC guy, a community guy, going to play for Team Canada, etc., but is what he brings to the table (savvy shutdown defenseman) easier to replace than replacing the offensive potential of Edler and Garrison? By easier to replace I mean either via Tanev and Stanton or through free agency.
On Kevin Bieksa…he’s on the wrong side of 30, but he’s a big part of this team’s leadership group, which I’m not sure anymore if that’s a positive or a negative.