Is more offense what you ordered??

First of all… Hal Gill was a very good signing by JFJ @ 2 mil. Take Jay McKee on Buffalo for example, he was one of the best defensive D-men in the league last season (although he did lead the league in blocked shots) here are his numbers while playing on the top seeded Sabres last season.

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Shots Sh%

2005-06 Buffalo 75 5 11 16 0 57 50 10.00

2003-04 Buffalo 43 2 3 5 +6 41 29 6.90

2002-03 Buffalo 59 0 5 5 -16 49 44 0.00

2001-02 Buffalo 81 2 11 13 +18 43 50 4.00

2000-01 Buffalo 74 1 10 11 +9 76 62 1.61

Now compare Hal Gill’s numbers to Mckee’s, if I were to switch them around, you wouldn’t be able to tell me the difference! And you have to consider the team Gill was playing on last year.

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Shots Sh%

2005-06 Boston 80 1 9 10 -4 124 68 1.47

2003-04 Boston 82 2 7 9 +16 99 104 1.92

2002-03 Boston 76 4 13 17 +21 56 114 3.51

2001-02 Boston 79 4 18 22 +16 77 137 2.92

2000-01 Boston 80 1 10 11 -2 71 79 1.27

With Kaberle and McCabe anchoring the PP, then toss Kubina in the mix, we needed a solid stand-up defensemen to clear the front of the net and win some battles in our own corners this year – Gill is that guy! This will enable our youth to get more icetime out of their own zone… How many times did we see Wellwood, Steen and Stajan having to win the battles in their own zone, and when they finally did get it out, they were too tired to create some offense. I’ve always believed that a good offense begins with great defense! And I really feel that our youth are going to shine this season because of the moves JFJ has made so far.