Mr Black wrote:
I will agree, Chara was a huge loss for us (should have kept him and dumped Redden). But Comrie, ya he played well for us but not really a "core" guy, but I would like to have him back. Eaves is made of glass and was injured all the time, and Saprikyn... come on... he didn't do much of anything for us.
But as of right now, our defence is looking good. Come on, with Phillips, Smith and Volchenkov shots on Gerber will be few and far between. Kuba had pretty much the same numbers Meszaros, but plays way better defensively... and HITS. Brian Lee will be a great replacement for Redden. He has the same playing style as Redden. Then there will be a battle for the final spot with Bell and Picard. Bell has a lot to prove, and I thought he played pretty well for the Leafs.
Offensively, like I said, Spezza, Heatly and Alfredsson is one of the best lines in the league. Fisher's healthy again and he can get score goals and make hits. We reigned Chris Kelly he is an incredibly underrated player for what he contributes on the PK. We also resigned Vermette, who like Kelly is great on the PK and has a scoring touch... if he can play to his potential he could be an elite NHL player.
Neil, Rutuu and Schubert will be throwing bodies around on the ice. We pick up Winchester right before the playoffs, a much saught-after AHL forward who can be a good second line winger. Alex Auld I thought had a great season in Boston, even though he was somewhat thrown out to the wolves with both Fernandez and Thomas getting injured. He's way more level headed than Emery and a team player.
I think we're going to have a good team this year. I think team chemistry will be a lot better with Emery and Redden out (Emery just being Emery and Redden just giving up playing because he knew he wasn't going to be back).