1. I did not say Ericsson should play 1st paring. If you bothered to read what I wrote, I said he played a solid 27 minutes and provided the source to back it up. He's still evolving, but my point was he has way more upside than many here seem to admit or believe and Babcock should increase his minutes (maybe an extra 2 minutes per game at most) to help make up for less minutes for the 1st paring. I do believe he'll have a better season this year than last. But nowhere did I say he should play 1st paring, just pointed out that he played a SOLID 27 minutes in one game when Stuart was out, Lidstrom was sore (or whatever reason Babcock sat him for the rest of the game).
2. Holland has a spare $1.2ish million if he decides to move Miller and Meech (and re-signs Abby for under a million). So if he thinks finding a 6th physical dman is as important as you do, he can pick a FA as he has some pocket change to play with.
3. I'd be happy if Holland re-signs Lilja for a cheap 2-way contract and calls it good.... unless something better falls on his lap.
Ericsson won't play 1st paring minutes, but I expect him to step up big time this season. Kindl's the question mark.
/edit - here's the post I wrote about Ericsson. Where did I say he should play 1st pairing?
ok, here's the source of my misunderstanding. When you said he could handle 27 minutes, I thought you meant "per game." And at those kind of minutes, he would not only be first pairing, he'd be our #1 D-man. My bad. But in my defense, people have said crazier things here, even in this thread.
As for handling 27 minutes, that one game doesn't mean as much to me as his overall play last season, which was mostly bad. And I'm an Ericsson fan. I still want to believe that he can live up to the potential he's shown. But after the Ericsson we saw last season, he is absolutely a question mark going into this one.
If it were just one of the two guys on the bottom pairing that were unknowns, I'd feel better about it. But if you're talking about E and Kindl, that's two unknowns on our blueline. Could be fine if the Ericsson from before last season shows up and Kindl steps up his game, but it could also be a disaster.
I don't think he can get Lilja signed for a cheap 2 way contract. He was making 1.25 mill before and probably wouldn't want a 2 way, unless no other team is interested because of his concussion.
I also don't think Lids should be playing 25+ minutes a game. At least not in the regular season. He's Nick Lidstrom, but he's also 40. I think that was part of the drop off we saw the first half of the season. With all the injuries his minutes were actually up. I'd rather keep him under 25 for much of the regular season.
edit: and for the record, I'm not the one who gave your post a negative rating. not sure why someone thought it deserved it.
Edited by haroldsnepsts, 06 August 2010 - 10:35 AM.