dbr wrote:Two high end centres is "the #1 indicator"... like with Toews and Handzus?
As for a franchise goaltender, a Jamie Quick type, boy are we ever lucky to have Ronaldo Luigi between the pipes, eh?
Still TL; wish I had not R.
Patrick Sharp often plays the role of second line center for the Hawks. Last year, we also saw Pat Kane playing second line center much of the time as well if I recall correctly. Dave Bolland was 3rd line center.
Look at past history as well:
Oilers = Gretzky and Messier
Flames = Nieuwendyk, Gilmour, Otto
Penguins = Lemieux, Francis
Rangers = Messier, Kovalev
Avalanche = Sakic, Forsberg, Ricci
Red Wings = Yzerman, Fedorov, Larionov
Stars = Modano, Niewendyk
Devils = Arnott, Rolston, Holik,
Lightning = Lecavlier, Richards
Hurricanes = Francis, Brindamour
Ducks = Getzlaf, McDonald
Wings = Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Flippula
Penguins = Crosby, Malkin, Staal
Hawks = Toews, Sharp, Bolland
Bruins = Krejki, Bergeron
Kings = Kopitar, Richards
As for your other comment, Luongo has an EXCELLENT cap hit, relative to top tier goalies. Ignoring the length of his contract and the obligations that a GM would have to undergo if they ever took on Lou's contract once Lou retired, the cap hit in itself is an excellent one.
Since you mentioned goalies however, my studies indicate that taking a guy like Pekka Rinne at 7 million would not be the best investment as that is too much salary to give towards a goalie.
Jonathan Quick however, would be an excellent investment at 5.8 million.