I'm still not sure what you're griping about. Just what did you expect to happen? What trade did you know was available that Bob passed on? We need a top-6 FW to get better. The only one I know that's available is Duchene. Maybe Sakic gets reasonable and it happens, but it will cost Vats plus, which I'm OK with. But what else is out there that makes us better?
If we're healthy, we're better. If we're healthy at playoff time, we're better. With another year experience, the kids are better. The start of the season will be challenging, but unless you believe it'll keep us out of the playoffs, I don't see the reason for the doom and gloom.
ANd I know you actually believe that; I dont. I have no problem being wrong in any of this either, I just dont see us as being better.
For me, the forwards right now are worse than we ended last season. D is marginally better mainly just because guys like Montour have extra experience now, but even then its a reach because Bieksa is another year older and slower and we have NO idea what we are getting with a guy like Larsson, if hes even ready to play at this level.
This team is not in the top half when it comes to scoring. Thats NOT GOOD. We have holes in our top 6 even when Kesler is healthy. Thats NOT GOOD.
I know people want to make excuses for Perrys year saying he was hurt and whatnot but lets no pretend like his decline only came about last season. Its been winding down for a few years now. Hes become more and more streaky with more and more dead spots in his game.
I know everyone LOVES Eaves, but Im preparing for disappointment. We gave him a 3 year deal at more salary than hes ever earned before, after a record year at the age of what, 32?
Be optimistic all you want, I cant be. We've hoarded these young Dmen while we get older and older in our top 6 with significant drop off in production. Maybe Vatanen being injured really hurt his trade value, but I dont buy that either. I think Murray is afraid to pull the trigger.
I see teams like EDM and CGY getting better and I see Anaheim staying about the same. The good thing? LA, SJS, VAN and ARI didnt get better. And LV isnt going to be a threat. But Im not worried about the division. Im not worried about making it into the playoffs. Im worried about what happens when we get there. We went up against an injured, depleted NSH team and got trucked. EDM was damn close to taking us out.
Murray better have some plans to upgrade during the season because status quo wont get us further than last year.