8 août 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Mr_Gardoki</b></div><div>I'm gonna sound like a hater and you'd probably be right to think so, but I promise this isn't Metro division rivalry crap. Offense is not an issue for CBJ. Your forward core is playoff-worthy IMO. Stopping goals and preventing chances are the issues. Until that gets resolved, I personally don't think it matters what guns you add up front.
That said, this would certainly be an entertaining team. Scores would probably be 6-4 every night.</div></div>
I don’t disagree with your assessment.
Jarmo and the Jackets will probably just stand pat for now and ride the fist few months with this team as is.
The defensive problems last year were more a function of the offensive players than the defensive players
Back in the day, Rick Nash was known for scoring, but rarely skate back within his own blue line. With Laine not the best defensively, Chinakov being young and offensively focused, etc., and very young/inexperienced centers, it put a ton of pressure on the team defensively last year.
I think Roslovic, Sillinger and Jenner will be better than they were defensively, and Elvis needs to step up and make a few more spectacular game-saving stops like Bob did on many occasions.
Based on current payroll, they need to shed about $3M
Only 9 players make this amount on the team (other than Laine who just signed): Gaudreau, Roslovic, Voracek, Jenner, Bjorkstrand, Nyquiest, Werenski, Gudbranson, and Elvis.
Thanks for the memories, as Paul Simon once sang in 50 ways....hop on the bus, Gus (Nyquist)