If If’s and But’s…
With the recent signing of Sutton in Anaheim, and the exodus of Volchy to NJ, some worry greatly about the Sens “grit” on the blue line.
Fair enough, the combination of players representing the likely D corp. going into the 2010/11 campaign is hardly made up of bruisers, but, that’s not to say it is without reason for optimism.
As was said by Don Meredith, “If if’s and but’s were candies and nuts, we’d all have a wonderful Christmas.”
Or more directly, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had”, spoken by Americas greatest war time leader, Dick Cheney Donald Rumsfeld (insert sarcastic groan here).
But in both are truths. Nobody wants to hear excuses why you didn’t win, and nobody goes into any challenge armed with everything they wish they had. Winners prevail, losers look for excuses.
Would I be happier if the Sens had 4 Chara’s and 2 Lidstroms? Absolutely, but who wouldn’t, and more germain, who does? The fact is, Ottawa has an incredibly mobile defensive grouping, capable of both passing to create offense, or carrying the puck to create offense, and that, in today’s NHL, is a big deal. One need look no further than 400 kms east west to see what happens when your blueline is composed of bruisers…nothing. Or, as (more?) importantly, 1200 kms east west to see what happens when your blueline is mobile and offensively gifted…you win the Cup. Of the two, Ottawa looks far more like Cup winning Chicago, than 2nd last finishing Toronto.
So sure, I’d like to have it all, but then again, if if’s and but’s were candies and nuts…