HW is right. Unless we see a serious rebound here over the next two weeks, Gillis has to take a pragmatic approach and honestly evaluate his team come deadline day.
If you were to honestly step back and evaluate this team as of today, there are really quite a few problems:
- A leadership group that seems to have lost whatever "it" was they had when we were tops in the league. There's none of that swagger we used to see.
- $10M in injured forwards (for arguments sake, let's say 2/3rds of our second line).
- A forward group which, outside of the first line, does not seem to have any chemistry or cohesiveness.
- Several players who are being asked to do more than should be expected of them (Ebbett, Schroeder, Hansen, Tanev).
- $10M in goaltenders, neither of whom have played particularly well this season for longer than a few games. Neither has been able to "take the ball and run with it", so to speak.
- A $4M depth defenseman who cannot play the right side and who the coaches do not like to use.
- A 4th line that does not contribute much more than the very, very odd goal.
- An absolute train wreck of a powerplay.
- A mediocre penalty kill.
- And last but not least, this group plays with little intensity, and looks emotionless right now. What is up?
You add up the surplus goaltender, Keith Ballard and the injured Kesler and Booth, and that's approximately $20M of spoken for cap money that isn't benefiting the team much at this point.
At this point, it's looking more and more like a reset or retool would be more constructive than buying expensive help at the deadline.
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on Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.