nuckfan in TO wrote:I'd rather plug a left handed, right side dman like Koltsov into our lineup, than bring back Sopel.... Sopel was completely a product of Ohlund, and that became clear after he flopped elsewhere, while Baumer was able to land a $1.2mill/yr deal after playing a season with Ohlund.
I don't see the problem with carrying 5 LH shots either... it's not a rarity to see in the NHL. IIRC Calgary has been carrying only 1 RH shot (Warrener) for a while on their defense - and they've been labbelled one of the top defenses in the league for a couple seasons now... and I'm sure there are other teams in the same situation. Right now we have 2 RH shots - Salo and Bieksa... and in a year, we could do with just one...
more important IMO than having a RH shot is making sure that we have 3 dmen that are comfortable playing the right side.
The_Pauser wrote:At this point I highly doubt we'll see Kiril Koltsov in a Canuck uniform. Who knows...he could turn out to be the next Mattias Ohlund (different styles but the way they come to the team), but I highly doubt it. It seems to me that he'll just be one of those players who had promise but never really made it on to the team for one reason or another.
The_Pauser wrote:We'll see what happens with Koltsov, but as I see it he's been passed on the depth charts by Bieksa, Bourdon, Edler and quite possibly even Daniel Rahimi.