The goal every offseason is to improve the team. Will banking on the youth or making a splash in free agency be the key this offseason? Only Chuck knows the answer to that!
Free Agency plan:
I’ve never been a big fan of Vanek. One of my college roommates was a big Sabers fan, I ended up watching a lot of their games, so I have basically been calling him overpaid/overrated for the past 5 years. I have been against bringing Vanek to the Wild since the rumors started. Also, Gopher Alum don’t usually have a great track record in the Pros.
Having said all that, I’m starting to change my tune.
Vanek may be one dimensional
He may play questionable defense
He may be overrated and getting slower
He may be on the wrong side of 30
But he can do one thing consistently ....Score goals!! Something this team has struggled with since our existence. If we sign Vanek and he scores 20+ goals, becomes everything Danny Heatley wasn’t on the power play, and contributes towards getting this team to the promised land, I’m in.
Positives if we sign Vanek
-We won’t have to give up any assets to get him.
-his asking price should be going down thanks to the contract Gaborik just signed.
-He should be a lock for 20+ goals, 60 points
-Should improve our power play
-Gives us line combo flexibility
-Another big name should help improve our national ratings
-Better ratings = Greater chance at an outdoor game
So to sum it all up, I can live with signing another Gopher if his asking price is in the Pomonomivilee Range!
I’m not very interested in any of the reaming free agents. Niskanin is to inconsistent. I’m not sure where Stansy would fit on this team. Maybe Brad Richards would work out on our 3rd/4th line. Willie Mitchell may be to old. I say Vanek or Bust!!!
Can’t believe I just said that, VANEK OR BUST!!!
On to Your Walk
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