With each passing MacT actuality, we hear more and more about “the plan” and the plan is aggressive. VERY aggressive. I thought ‘8 or 9’ changes (from late April) would be a massive turnover, but it’s possible this summer will see fully half the roster change (which, considering there’s 23 players, means cutting some poor guy in half).
If we make an “incumbent” list, it might look like this:
- Gagner-(scoring L)-Yakupov
- (checking C)–Paajarvi–(checking R)
- (checking C)–Smyth-Hartikainen
- M Brown-(extra)
It was earlier this year when this team stepped into an elevator shaft as Horcoff went down. I’m all for out with the old, let’s just make sure ‘in with the new’ is a better mousetrap. Fifteen spots in bold (above) are starters (and guys like Lander would be callups), 8 new men from last season. Gone would be:
- Shawn Horcoff
- Ales Hemsky
- Eric Belanger
- Ben Eager
- Darcy Hordichuk
- Ryan Jones
- Lennart Petrell
- Jarred Smithson
- Theo Peckham
- Mark Fistric
- Ryan Whitney
- Nikolai Khabibulin
One dozen guys–much of the Tambellini free agency windfall–will be gone. There’s no doubt MacT can find a replacement 3line C–those guys are out there and their cap hit is much lower than #10’s–but it adds another chore to a large list:
- scoring L
- top 4D (this would be an exchange–maybe N Schultz exits)
- top 6D (already added–Belov)
- top 6D (already added–Klefbom)
- 3line C
- 3line R
- 4line C
- extra forward
- backup goalie
I’m not sure it would be wise for any GM–even an experienced one–to tackle this kind of summer. But here we are. Hopefully Sam Pollock’s diabolical brain has a doppelganger that drives our guy.
Lowdown with Lowetide is on the air at 10 this morning–Team 1260–and we’ve got lots to discuss. Scheduled to appear:
- Ross MacLean, head scout with ISS Hockey. We’ll talk about the depth of this year’s NHL draft, the quality leading up to #7, some of the sleepers and of course your questions and comments are welcome.
- Craig Moonen from Krush Performance. PEDS, baseball draft and pennant races, and maybe a little NBA.
- Jeff Chapman from Copper and Blue. We’ll discuss MacT’s verbal, team needs and the draft.
- Andreas Morse from FC Edmonton. Another big weekend game for the Eddies, we’ll talk about the next few games.
- Jungle Jim Hunter. We’ll talk about PEDs in sport and how to control the problem.
Hope you can join me.