23 September 2010
So I'm back from my summer vacation away from blogging. I spent my time relaxing, doing stuff outdoors around my city and even did a little travelling. As I was away from LHB, GM Stevie seems to have been busy reshaping the team to look like, well a competitive team, non? So before we get started on a little catchup of the season, here is something I found during my travels:
Can you figure out who that player is supposed to be?
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Lecavalier? Yeah, not so much.
So lots of stuff happened in the off season that I didn't cover, so this may be more for me than for you. The other day I actually got asked to name our presumed opening roster for opening night, and well I admit that had to do a little research before coming up with all the names. So let's just jump in and get this over with:
Who we re-signed?
- Martin St. Louis, Mike Lundin, Teddy Purcell, Blair Jones, Nate Thompson, Paul Szczechura, Vladimir Mihalik, Radko Gudas, Steve Downie
Who we lost?
- Andrej Meszaros, Matt Walker, Karri Ramo, Matt Lashoff, Todd Fedoruk, Zenon Konopka, Stephane Veilleux
Who's excited that Meszaros and his dumb contract are no longer on the team? And are you a little surprised that Philly took that?
Zenon Konopka - local fans seemed to like him...I thought he played his role if his role was to get his face mutilated every night but there was really no place for his on this team
Matt Walker - Simon Gagne>Matt Walker
Who we got?
- Dan Ellis
- Mitch Fritz
- Pavel Kubina
- Niklas Persson
- Brett Clark
- Simon Gagne
- Marc-Antoine Pouliot
- Chris Durno
- Mathieu Roy
- Mike Vernace
- Dominic Moore
- Juraj Simek
- Cedric Desjardins
- Sean Bergenheim
- Randy Jones
- Draft picks: 2012 2nd round, 2011 4th round
So we replaced Niittymaki with Ellis which I saw coming weeks before. It just seemed like a good fit with Ellis wanting a bigger role which he'll have to compete with Mike Smith for. That's assuming Mike Smith has learned to stop some pucks over the summer.
Simon Gagne - Just stay healthy
Depth - One thing Yzerman addressed that we were lacking was depth on the team. Nice signing of Dominic Moore as a centre and re-signing Nate Thompson as his other centre. Also like signing defencemen Brett Clark and Randy Jones to add to our D. And speaking of defense, Pavel Kubina make a return to the team. Apparently he never sold his home in Florida
Who we fired?
- the circus
- Guy Boucher as is now HCGB
- Daniel Lacroix as assistant coach
- Martin Raymond as assistant coach
- Wayne Fleming as assistant coach
- Jon Cooper is HC of Norfolk
- Steve Thomas hired as a player development consultant
- Todd Leiweke is the CEO
- Steve Griggs is COO
So where does all of these changes leave us?
This could be the start of something great. After two truly ridiculous seasons I like what I see that has happened with not just the team but the changes that has come to management and the coaching. I have trust in Steve Yzerman because I liked Detroit's system of drafting and management (even if I may not like their fans). I have questions about how well so many faces will be able to come together quickly under a new coach with a new up-tempo style and no NHL experience.
And there's always the Lecavalier factor, because for this team to do well in the long run, he needs to get back to being great. But let's not get ahead of ourselves with all the questions about being great long term, let's just focus on winning this season and treating the fans right because the last owners didn't give a sh-t about the fans.