Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Mrs. Plager told her boys not to grow up to be cowboys.
So they didn't.
Over at CIO the debate rages about whether or not Brian Leetch is an answer for our D corps.
I said no but regular commentator Steve asked, well, who then?
Uh ... good question.
Regular surfers here know I'm a pint half full type of guy or as Lowetide would say I tend to Blue sky things.
I'll admit to that.
And while I can paint a scenario where the Oilers can make do with their D as presently constituted just as I painted a scenario where the Oilers could get by the Wings, the truth is this team has three decent guys who can eat up minutes (Smith, Staios, Tarnqvist) and a bunch of question marks. Bergeron might figure it out. Hejda may be a player. One of Smid, Gilbert, Syvret or Young may be ready. Greene may be ready to be Commodore (although I think he is a year or two away from that in reality). Check out San Jose's D if you want to see young and unproven. They did alright.
The truth is the Oil likely will get a decent third pair out of the lot of them this season and in a year or two we will have a nice quality young D corps.
So where do we look?
A really nice summary of teams and their cap situations here and a few things jumped out at me.
The Oilers have gone back to being young - the third youngest team after San Jose and Columbus from what I can see. Of course this includes Schremp on the roster.
Jersey, even with the rumours that they are going to try and hide Mogilny and Malakhov on the IR to resolve their salary situation, are still in big cap trouble. Problem is the guy I like, Rafalski, has an expensive number on his contract and I'm not sure if Matvichuk or Lukowich add much more then what we have.
So, why the Plager brothers up above? Because while the Blues may have, in some estimations (Lowetide again and Mudcrutch as well) have had a nice summer, I think they aren't even close to being back. And they have a lot of age up front - Weight, Guerin, Tkachuk and Drake. Only Detroit, Jersey and Dallas are older.
And they have three young Dmen - Brewer, Backman and Jackman.
Could we pry either of the latter two away for a young forward or two? Would Torres fit the bill? Or someone else?
Maybe a fit?
Posted by Black Dog at 2:12 PM