Let’s start with the biggest question that can be shoved in everyone’s face: What if Wade Redden has an outstanding training camp?
This question was posed somewhere else floating around the internet, but the short and simple answer is, nothing. Nothing will happen for Wade. John Tortorella has pretty much already said that no matter what he does, he will NOT make the team. So, I’m not worried.
Next what if. And a little more important, if you ask me, than whether or not Wade hipchecks someone. What if none of the younger defenders step up?
Anders Eriksson was acquired when Matt Gilroy wasn’t doing so well. Who’s to say Gilroy got his shyte together? And what if Ryan McDonagh is not as ready for the pro level as everyone is thinking?
These are definitely potential problems we could face. I think though if it came down to it, Torts would choose a struggling prospect over a well performing $6.5 million pile of heap that will eventually forget how to play hockey. The sad part is that the team will suffer until someone finds their groove. Gilroy and Michael Del Zotto will definitely be seeing bigger roles this year and it’s up to them to transform that into a solid learning experience.We can only hope that this is a break out year for MDZ, Gilroy, and McDonuts.
What if Marc Staal doesn’t get re-signed before the start of training camp?
This is seeming more and more possible. Negotiations are not getting any better, and he looks more determined than Brandon Dubinsky was last offseason at getting what he wants. Well, this will be bad for the team and Staal. This will not help him be ready for the start of the season. Granted, he’ll probably be put with Girardi again, so it’s not like we have to worry about chemistry. But still. To play both angles on this, at the same time, plenty of players go without training camp, preseason and still play great during the year. Usually they’re veterans, but I’m just trying to look on the brightside. The only thing we can do is hope and pray that he signs some time soon.