Dale Tallon certainly has his work cut out for him. Even before Wednesday’s blockbuster deal between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Atlanta Thrashers, we all knew that there was work to be done. The Atlanta Thrashers improved themselves quite nicely by adding forwards Big Buff, Ben Eager, defenceman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu.
Atlanta now becomes bigger, tougher and could be a nasty team to play against in the division. Much like when the President speaks, there then is the democratic or republican response, this is what we need. A response.
Surely Tallon is working hard to make more deals. We now have a crowded defence with the addition of Dennis Wideman, and rumors are going around that the likes of Keith Ballard and possibly Bryan Allen could be on the move. I’m certainly not saying they are true, but obviously they could make sense. Both are signed long term and both have contracts that we need to dump. In addition players like Jason Garrison appear to be ready to make their way into a regular role, and Dmitry Kulikov, last year’s first round pick is most likely going to get top three minutes.
We need offence! Dale knows that. I am sure he’s trying to figure out a way to get some. The Hawks aren’t done trading as they need to move salary. Kris Versteeg from the Blackhawks has been mentioned as a player that could be available. I would bet all it takes is a draft pick and a prospect. Tallon traded for him originally and could try to reaquire him.
We also need a center, and that would most likely have to come from free agency, or another team looking to move someone.
No matter what, Atlanta is better, Tampa is going to get better, Washington is Washington, and Carolina is restructuring like we are, but they are further along the line. A trade to make us a better club must be in the works. The Horton move is the first. If you’re still crying about it, move on. He didn’t want to be here, and we don’t want anyone that’s not prepared to be part of the solution.
Friday will be here before we know it. I’m hoping that someway somehow a deal is made at or before the draft that we can all be pleased with!
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