Re: Three Teams Now Over the Cap...Significantly
posted at 7/12/2014 3:25 PM EDT
In response to jmwalters' comment:
In response to Sportsnutty's comment:
Line 1. Is Loui damaged goods? Or can he be the same player he was in Dallas? Worst case scenario, the first line is fairly porked.
Line 3. Was that Soderberg peaking? Or does he have more? Who plays the other wing? Worst case scenario, the third line is your average NHL third line.
Of the 4 scenarios you posited these two intrigue me the most.
Line1: The Eriksson question
The debate has been done to death so I have no wish to get another food fight going. Two points to note though overall. First, he has had two very underwhelming seasons back to back so far offensive-wise. Whatever the reasons (brain damage, shortened season) this is the case and indisputable. Second, even before the brain damage PC and CJ were not thinking of having Eriksson play on the Krecji line. He was supposed to play with Bergeron. If that were not the case then PC would not have gambled on Iginla. That also is indisputable. We will find out soon enough if he meshes with Lucic and Krecji, scoring 30 (even 40,yeah right) as some on these boards argue.
Line 3: The Soderberg Question: He had a hell of a second half to the season after a (to put it kindly) slow start. Now, for me, this corresponded to when Eriksson came back from injury which gave a competent goalscorer for Yeti to play with. If/when Eriksson goes to the first line, does Yeti get that same linemate quality with Kelly and an AHLer (Florek or Fraser)? Or do his numbers flatline? To me this is a big question. Of course this is in the probability PC does not find another option.
All that said, NAS is right. This team is a playoff team as is. The sky is not falling. And the President's trophy means nothing.
2014-15 Playoff team- yes, of course
Roster as good as last year - Nope
Will need to do more with less...