Wednesday, September 16, 2009
More +/- of this off-season.
(-) The idea of addition by subtraction can work for serious contenders, but the Blue Jackets, who qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last year, either believe they have a slew of young players ready to break out, or are just not ready to compete with the top teams.
(-) Again like Columbus, the Blues either believe they are just one year better, or are already preparing for bigger things in the ’10-’11 season!
(+) Without trying to sound like a broken record… Nashville re-signed Masterton Trophy winner Steve Sullivan and little else this off-season.
(-) The Predators, like the Blues, were in the rumor columns but added no one to help their Norris Trophy winner-in-waiting, Shea Weber and ageless leader, Jason Arnott. There are a few spots open for young players with the departures of Radek Bonk, Ville Koistinen, Greg Zanon among others, but those youngsters are not of the caliber of those found with their divisional rivals.
(+) The Wings welcomed back a pair of former players in Jason Williams and Todd Bertuzzi. Both players were effective in their prior tenure, so why not give them another go-round? Aside from these two minor moves, Detroit was able to do little else to bolster themselves. Yet, they are the Detroit Red Wings and we may very well see them again representing the West in the Finals for the third year in a row.
(-) Detroit had little to celebrate this off-season. After losing a heartbreaker Game 7 in the Final, the Wings had to sit by a watch Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky depart for rival Chicago, Mikael Samuelsson move on to Vancouver, Jiri Hudler head to the KHL, Ty Conklin move to St. Louis, and Chris Chelios try to rival Gordie Howe’s longevity elsewhere. The Red Wings will not only be challenged by their past successes, but by improving rival teams this time around.