I know, two blogs in one day is overkill but I can't help myself.
D. Sutter has been under heat for a while, this dates back to his Phaneuf trade and the Jokinen trade that brought Kotalik here. I'm not saying that they were great moves but in retrospect we're kind of eating our words aren't we?
On Phaneuf, and Leaf fans you can't reverse facts here. Since going to Toronto Phaneuf has a minus 7 rating and has 2 goals. The defenseman Calgary brought back, Ian White, has 5 goals and a plus 7 rating. If you base the trade just on the defense alone Calgary is winning it never mind Hagman and Stajan. Hagman by the way has 3 goals and an assist and Stajan is a point per game through 6 games. No matter which way you slice it Calgary is coming out on top so far. Dion may just have been all potential and no substance, the 1st rounder we thought he was worth was probably incorrect and what Calgary got was a windfall of depth in scoring.
On the Jokinen deal we all were hating on Kotalik last year, and he seriously deserved it but I took a look at his history and decided that I thought he should get a second chance. After I wrote that he came into camp on fire and has been a player most of us are looking forward, with hesitation, to see what he can do now. If Kotalik can come back and get 15-20 goals this year then really that trade was alright as well.
The more you look at Sutter's move, as of today, the more they don't look that bad. Bourque as an RFA. Giordano as a UFA undrafted Defenseman. Morrison as a UFA, just under a point per game so far. Tanguay at 1.7 Million which may be the steal of the summer at this point. Obviously Kipper for a pick that turned into Vlasic. Karlsson, a back up we can relax with.
In fact right now, looking at the roster only Staios stands out as a player that was in my mind a mistake to bring in. at minus 3 through 4 games he has clearly lost a step and his contract is large enough to be a drag.
So in defense of Sutter, he's done a very good job of making this team competitive this year so far. If there is a four game slide though I might be writing a different blog!