Whit Dickman wrote:https://twitter.com/JFreshHockey/status/1380643204597481473?s=20
Now THAT’S a deadline pickup. He’s not the versatile 3C I’d love to see but he does tick a lot of those boxes. It shifts Engvall back to the wing and gives Keefe another look to throw out there in a lot of situations.
I’ll wait on an explanation of the cap stuff.
I’d still be happy to see a top-6ish forward not named Taylor Hall, if only because I worry about what he does to the room and because he and Willy on a line is a whole lot of float risk. But, I can see this management group opting for more skill/fun. It fits the MO.
This move likely signals that they like Kerfoot with Spezza enough to create an offensive 4th line to score in soft minutes. I still don’t love him in the middle, and he makes too much on the wing, but playing with Spezza means he doesn’t need to take draws.
I’m one of the few who would rather see them pick up a D, and not necessarily just a warm body for depth. I’m not sure how you’d make it all fit with handedness etc, but another guy who could step up into #4-5 minutes — at minimum - if needed would be awesome and I think that kind of depth is more important than more scoring. I’d love to take on Savard and have Bogosian be next man up. A guy like Ekholm is probably too much to ask at this point, but chucking either in would basically give us three top-4ish D groups. Sandin’s injury made it impossible to tell where he’s at, and that’s not a risk I’d like to take, but it may happen.
Sandin LD, Bogo RD depth. MarMar manning the chicken wing station upstairs.
If Keefe is brave, he could risk the chemistry he has in Muzzin/Holl and reunite his Calder Cup Dermott/Holl pair in some situations, giving you Muzzin/Savard to put out against...well...pretty much anyone you want.
We’ve scored plenty this year without the defence needing to contribute heavily outside of making good decisions to get the puck into our forwards’ hands. Savard is not a slouch with the puck despite the bruiser reputation.