Keep all the same guys.
And write the same stuff after getting bounced out of next season’s playoffs in the first round once again.
This team is nowhere close to being a championship contending squad. It was ass whipped.
There are no checkers. There is no fighter. Both starter and backup goalies are 2nd rate. The defense is soft and mistake prone. The forwards are too small.
I said this team was in big trouble. And it was.
I am a fan. But I refuse to swap realism with blind faith and devotion to nameplates and numbers on $500 road jerseys.
Kane is a depreciating asset yet one that could still net a return. He is overpaid for his current production. His numbers are on a continuous slide over the past few seasons. Dump him now.
And Brent Seabrook should be traded as well. He is a liability on the ice. Give Leddy one more season and a chance to take Seabrook’s role. If Leddy cannot handle it, deal him later.
This team badly needs a #2 center. It can no longer count on Hossa. He is a wildcard now with that undisclosed head injury. Brendan Morrisons are not going to win Stanley Cups.
Goalies are starting to evolve like baseball pitchers. They can play longer workloads, last more seasons than other positions and play into their late 30s.
Miller might have another 5 solid seasons. And no Mike Smith did not come out of nowhere. Phoenix was more than equipped to dismantle this Hawks team. And it did rather efficiently.