Put all your big picture thoughts and comments here, folks. I'm thinking we leave this up through the expansion draft, and I'll start a separate thread for the Draft eventually.
I miss DeHaan...I wish he was not as injury prone and battered because he was a great fit here overall on the back end.Seems like we were pretty solid defensively when we had deHaan in the mix. Not sure but it seems like you’re more consistent on D with defensive guys. If you have offensive puck moving D they have to BE offensive or they are a liability. See Gardiner, Bean and Hamilton in the playoffs. Not getting shots through and on net from the point short circuited our offense. Then those guys you’re counting on for that are less capable in our zone.
Hard disagree. He's a right shot stay at home guy with a decent shot and fairly good instincts. He's slow, but you're not asking him to play top pairing minutes or assignments. If the price is right, I'd be highly surprised if Kakanpaa isn't back. Again, don't discount the right shot part. Those are harder to find every year ... especially ones with any level of competence.Jeepers, I have no interest in keeping Hakenpaa. The guy's a turnover machine.