All these players fall onto the same criteria as each other, Soft Players. Players that have splendid talents in other aspects of the game but wont be known for hitting, checking, and outworking the opponent. They also fall under another label; players one would never expect to remain on the hard working 04 team that built their bridge to the cup finals with sweat and strong forechecking.
While each player mentioned has brought steady play, I have to wonder if Sutter really thinks anyone sees the current Flames team as the Alberta hockey team that sweats blood and suffocates the opposition with man-on-man play that once was. Players on the Flames have gotten lazy or slow with the examples of Huselius and other players. The strange hybrid of offense and two-man forecheck that Playfair and Flemming allowed last year did nothing to help either.
While the answer may be Keenan, bringing in sound defensive players would allow a better chance of becoming that team that defeated the three division leaders and came within a goal of winning the cup.
Players in the league that may fit that mould include:
-Trent Hunter (Calgary Native)
Each of those guys knows how to grind a team into the ground with hard work and strong positional play. With the Flames' questions on who will fill out the depth for the 3rd and 4th line, any of those players would bring energy to the team. Guys like Cole, Jokinen, Lehtonen, and Legwand would be able to score well enough as well. While the last four guys would be expensive, there is a lot of value that isn’t needed on the Flames that can be traded as well.
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