In this roundtable, Realdeal, Cujo and Joey discuss many topics on the NHL’s offseason.
RD: So who did the best this offseason?
Cujo: I would say the CBJ but that would be very homerish of me.
Joey: I like what CBJ did, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski fit two points of weakness.
Cujo: They got the #1 center they have always wanted, that was the biggest piece it has taken 11 years to get.
RD: They also got the top pair d-man they desperately needed.
Cujo: But you cannot rule out what LA has done this offseason.
RD: They got that #2 center that they needed, even if they gave up the best prospect in hockey.
RD: I really like Washington’s moves; they got some sandpaper.
Cujo: And Tomas Vokoun cannot forget him, a solid net minder.
Joey: Yeah when I heard Vokoun signed in Washington I hung my head and said ‘oh crap’.
RD: I think people are sleeping on the effect Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer will bring.
Joey: I really think Brouwer was a good pick up, I am a little on the fence on Ward just wondering if he is riding off a playoff showing.
RD: He’s overpaid but he’ll be a solid 2nd/3rd line producer.
Joey: Speaking of overpaid is Brooks Laich worth all that money? I think time will tell on that one.
Cujo: You’ve got to pay for potential, but he nearly had his 3rd straight 50 point season. He missed it by 2 points.
RD: Is he going to get much better? I think 50-55 points is what we’re looking at.
RD: So who’s a team whose moves were puzzling or needed to do more? I’m kind of curious to see how San Jose’s plan works out.
Cujo: I think San Jose thinks they have most of the pieces they need to make a big run at the Cup.
Joey: Buffalo giving 10 years to Christian Ehrhoff, someone who has never played a game in Buffalo?