cs6687 wrote:Center - Crosby, Malkin, FA, Talbot and/or Hilbert.
LW - FA, Surovy, Armstrong, Roy
RW - Malone, FA, Ouellet, Koltsov
D - Gonchar, Whitney, Orpik, Welch, Melichar, Scuderi, Cairns, hopefully Erik Johnson. If he's not ready, a solid FA.
G- Fleury, and either Thibault or Caron.
Hopefully Leclair is traded. It's obvious he doesn't want to be here. The future of the penalty killing looks good, but a center who can win faceoffs is desperately needed. The biggest need is two quick scoring wingers. Not superstars, but solid players. From what I've read of Erik Johnson, he sounds like the next coming of Chris Pronger.
Interesting stuff but I am going to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out and how the new guys in the AHL play. Im positive Malkin will be here and the Pens should have the resources to sign Joe Corvo and Afiniganev, if of course they are willing to come over.
I would love to see Gonchar traded this summer but being realistic that wont happen. Gonchar, Whiteny, Corvo, and Orpik could be a decent top 4. Welch, Scuderi, Melichar, and Johnson/Lannon hopefully will round out the rest.
Goaltending is easy. Fleury, Caron, Chioda and dump Thibault for anything at all. Again, not realistic. He is another Patrick mistake we are forced to live with unless they but him out.
The offense will have a very entertaining 1-2 punch with Crosby and Malkin and at times they will be paired on the same line when the team is trying desperately to tie a game or if one of the two lines goes stale. Armstrong, Koltsov, Talbot, Roy, and Malone are all welcome back but everybody else needs to earn a spot. Adding Sushevky and Afinigenov would make for a very interesting line 2 and have Malone and Armstrong go for line 1. There are plenty of line 3 and 4 candidates. Finding the next Kevin Stevens is the most important thing this franchise can do right now. Malone could fill that role in the meantime.