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In the ebb and flow of NHL labor negotiations, we seem to currently be ebbing in optimism. Sides are talking, concessions are being…umm…conceded, and there may be some kind of resolution this week.
This would be great for hockey. I hope it works out.
In the event that it does work out, what will happen to the Admirals?
We didn’t have a ton of Nashville guys come down, but we will still feel the sting when they go back up.
I think it’s safe to say that Ryan Ellis will be going back up to Nashville. I think a strong argument can be made that Jon Blum will probably be the 7th defender in Nashville.
With Mike Moore and Mattias Ekholm already out with injuries, losing Ellis and Blum would be quite a blow to our blue line in the short term.
Imagine a defensive lineup with: Bartley, Valentine, Jarvinen, Roussel, Bitetto, and ____? Taylor Aronson maybe?
And then up front… with Gabriel Bourque’s injuries (he’s only played in 13 of 31 games), is it still a guarantee that he’ll go back up to Nashville right away when he’s healthy? I think that is up for debate.
Chris Mueller should probably be in the discussion too. A constant in Milwaukee over the last 3 and a half seasons, does he really have anything left to prove here? And is there enough healthy talent in Nashville to keep him off their roster?
Things will certainly look different around here when the lockout ends. But as we’ve heard every coach tell us over the last bunch of years, this will create new opportunities for other guys to step into larger roles, and hopefully raise their own games. Every team will have to make some adjustments. Such is life in the “A”.
Okay Roundtable….just the one question…..Who do you think we’ll lose to the Preds when the lockout ends?