Well not long ago, I said that this was a simple case. However, that was back on July 29th when the free-agent pool looked a little different. I was wrong about Williams, I may be wrong about Bertuzzi. And if the Wings end up signing both of these guys (one already inked in), I’m going to owe George Sipple an apology.
This, much like the Williams signing, would not be popular amongst Wings fans. The 19 over at Abel to Yzerman are already starting to spit up blood. But again, I say: In Ken Holland We Trust. If Bertuzzi is someone that Kenny thinks is the best player available with the Cap room we have left, who I am to argue?
Bertuzzi did put up 44 points with Calgary last year…far gone from his glory days playing with Marcus Naslund in Vancouver. But if you could add 40+ points to the lineup without giving up anything, would you do it?
What I’m wondering is what this possible signing would do to our lineup? Leino ain’t going back to Grand Rapids, quite frankly. We promised him one year in G.R. and that is it. So would you put Eaves down to start the season? That’s probably not what he was hoping for when he signed? Send Helm back down for another season? I think we’re already convinced that Abdelkader will be in Grand Rapids for the bulk of 2009-2010. So what would the forward lines look like, then?
Cleary Filppula Franzen
Leino Helm Bertuzzi
Maltby Draper Willaims
What about Maltby? Would he tolerate being up in the press box for a good chunk of the season? Eaves-Draper-Williams would actually be a pretty formidable fourth line, but do we really think that Kenny would send Kirk upstairs to watch the games?
It certainly does raise a whole lot of questions. I guess I’m not really sold either way just yet. And don’t forget, just because Jim Devellano says it, doesn’t necessarily make it so.