In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:[/QUOTE]
Since there has been no major injuries and other than being one year older- What has led you to believe that the top 4 Dmen are in trouble and can't handle their minutes any longer ?
Like all other teams if an injury occurs then the GM will address it ? No ?
How many teams have a #5 Dman that can instantly be a #3 or #4 ?[/QUOTE]
Because we are banking on a rookie as a 2 guy. I didn't like our defence last year either.
ference and Mcq. Are a great 5-6. Seidz n boychuk are a solid 3-4 but not great. Chara needs someone to help him. In a short season we can ride him more. But we ideally should be getting someone that can log some all purpose minutes. Our defence was saved many nights by TT. We no longer have that and chara isn't getting younger. I am concerned about our defence and goalie. most teams don't have a chara. Take him outta there and our backend stinks. [/QUOTE]
I have to disagree that Seidenberg and Boychuk are not just solid, see Siedenberg minutes his last 3 playoffs series. I cannot say that I am not concerened about the blueline but I do trust in Chiarelli if he isn't satisfied with Hamiltons play he will go out and get a defensman.
Hopefully I finally get my wish and it's Joni Pitkanen, PC liking Rutherford's defensman is a history. I still say Krug, who scored again last night, gets a look before PC has to make a trade. This could also be all for not, Hamilton is everything I expected.
I believe seidz and chara are a great tandem but that really strips the rest of them if played together. Really love Seidz game. Boychuk was more my concern and then who is the other in the top 4. Hamilton will have growing pains as all young d-men do. I'm not expecting much from him this year. I won't get into him again, I hope the world juniors aren't an indicator is all.
Pitkanen I think would be an ideal pickup. Good puck mover. Can play all situations. I believe he was paired with seidz as well. Then boychuk goes with chara. See how quickly adding one guy balances out the rest.
Time will tell. I hope my gut feeling is just too many chicken Wings.