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It will at least make for an interesting training camp - if we needed more plotlines as it is.dbr wrote:Eriksson could conceivably beat out Lack for the backup job this season, especially considering Lack is recovering from hip surgery. So we could actually end up seeing Joacim "who-fuckin-cares" Eriksson starting some games next year.
By the by, Andrew Ference is smaller than everyone on the Canucks blueline except Keith Ballard and lighter than everyone except Chris Tanev..
As for Ference, it's not the size of the dog in the fight...
That said, Mondi, I think when Corrado gets some confidence and experience at the NHL level I think we'll see more sandpaper to his game. The kid has some size for his age and isn't afraid of the rough stuff from what I saw of him in the OHL. Ballard's likely gone, but he gave as well as he got and wasn't afraid out there. Throw in AA - who had a better season this year and wouldn't worry me on the bottom pairing, and things don't look quite so apocalyptically soft on the blueline.
I don't think the blueline is necessarily a bunch of euro-poofties as some would suggest, we just need a big Darth Vader-type who will make it painful for opposition forwards in the Canucks' zone. I would even live with whatever defensive miscues such a guy would make if only for the intimidation factor. It's not like we have to break the bank for one of those guys you want. It's just too bad Bryan Allen signed in Anaheim, because he's just the kind of guy the team could use on the bottom two pairings.
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Did I say that?Mondi wrote:So you think Andrew Ference is also softer than Corrado, Tanev, and Ballard?
Of course, I also didn't list Ference and then finish that thought with "let's get some 6'2 215 lbs defensemen".. Ference gives up three inches and 25 lbs on a guy like that.
I'd say our D could use some size (as it is they compare pretty closely to Chicago's blueline.. a couple of big 6'2 6'3 guys over 210 lbs and most of the rest are about 6'0 and between 190 and 205 lbs).
But more importantly (and to agree with Lancer's post) we need some more nastiness. If we keep Edler and Corrado outplays everyone else to win a job on the blueline then it is what it is, but if we dump Edler and Ballard and are looking for a guy to play on the third pairing I'd like to get an Andrew Alberts that actually belongs in the lineup, and who might play well enough to end up on the ice at the same time as the opponents best players and may even clobber one every now and then.
And if Joacim Eriksson is the backup, I'll buy his sweater.
Meds wrote:What are the chances that this sets Gillis up to shop Lack around or add him to a proposal as some incentive.....
If one of them backs up CS we still need two goalies in Utica so I don't see his signing as anything but depth, unless he picks up another goalie with experience over the summer.
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