In the event that you made an understandable hockey hibernation during the summer, we've been Re-Drafting the NHL for the last few months. Since rosters are (thankfully) just about to be finalized, it's time to start studying these bad boys like the Zapruder film.
One of my team building philosophies (and general sports views) is to lean heavily toward players who have an obvious carrot dangling in front of them (instead of a guy who's fat and happy with a huge new 12-year contract).
- An elite passer (Savard)
- An elite sniper (Semin ... and maybe Selanne)
- A playoff proven goalie (Giguere)
- One of the league's best offensive D (Gonchar)
- One of the league's best shutdown D (Mitchell)
- A great defensive forward and one of the best guys in the FO circle (Malhotra)
- One of the league's most frequent hitting forwards (Neil) and D (Komisarek)
Fake Toronto is designed to be good in 5-on-5 situations but great in special teams.
- Assuming Matt Cooke would be around just a little bit longer. Same with Taylor Pyatt, Ian Laperriere and Travis Moen. (The hope is that Mike Grier and Chris Neil will hurt people sufficiently)
- Could have used a little more grit with the team's best scorers.
- While I'm on record in saying that I think Giguere still "has it," it would have been nice to get an obvious starter.
- If I would have known that Rob Niedermayer and Rob Lang would be in the NHL, I would have taken at least one of them. Especially since Kostitsyn and Turris were booted down.