Paulie_Walnutz wrote:NIN wrote:Paulie_Walnutz wrote:borohcky9 wrote:D- Frantisek Kaberle, Karlis Skrastins, Willie Mitchell, Niklas Lidstrom, Andreas Lilja, Joe Corvo, Nathan Dempsey, Danny Markov, Marek Zidlicky, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Kim Johnssonj, Aki Berg, Ed Jovanovski, Ivan Majesky
F- David Vyborny, David Legwand, Jeff Halpern, Sergei Samsonov
Max Afinogenov could possibly be, but no one knows for sure.
There are very many players on that list who I would like to see, but I'll list the realistic possibilities.
Defense. Chara-no way Ottawa parts with this guy. Lidstrom - the best offensive defenseman in the game since Coffey in his prime. With Yzerman most likely retiring, Lidstrom will remain a Wing. Markov - I'm kind of on the fense with him. He is one of those players who isn't quite in his prime anymore. I'd be worried that his ability could turn south. I wouldn't sign him for alot of money. Redden - I'll say, that if the Pens want to get a good, responsible defenseman to teach Welch, this is the guy they need to get. Seems like a pretty realistic signing. I could go either way with Berg and Jonsson. Jovo would be a nice addition, but I'm trying to be too realistic.
As for forwards, I think the Pens do need a speedy winger, who can finish to put along side Crosby. Malone would work, I feel, but he could not keep up in the skating department. Legwand or Afinogenov seem like logical picks, but I don't think it will happen. However, what I think they need even more is a good, reliable 3rd line center. In this case, I do believe that Halpern will be in Pittsburgh next year. Wait, Halpern is a center isn't he??? If so, I think this will show that Malone as a center was just an experiment. I think Malone will be far more valueble on the 2nd line with Malkin, than as the 3rd line center. Provided he doesn't come out of training camp with the attitude that it's his birthrite to be on the team.
And they will round out the 4th line with a combination of Roy, Talbot, Vandenbusche, Koltsov.
Afiniganev is actually an RFA this season, so I think you can move over to the unrealistic list. Unfortunately.
Well, that was based on the names provided. However, I think the biggest need is for that 3rd line center, who can step up to the 2nd line if need be. And I think Halpern is that guy. Plus, I don't think he will command that much money. With all of the rumors going on in the last 4 years, I can't say that it's impossible. However, Nik Antropov has been rumored to be traded to Pitt, virtually, ever since he donned a Leafs jersey.
As for someone with speed who can play, and keep up with Crosby, I think that will come from within. Perhaps, Oullette can improve on his speed in the offseason.
Could you imagine if Oullette had the wheels of Koltsov.
I think Halpern is O..K..but I am not certain if he is stellar on faceoffs. I looked for some stats but NHL.com has hide them from me very effectively. If he is 52% or better than he could definately be an asset. by the way, are you still as dumbfounded as me about Patrick's absolute denial about the Penguins need for a faceoff guy this summer? Amazing when you consider the fact that there were some good draw-men out there.
If Oullette had Robby Browns wheels he could score 30/season or more. Well maybe he isn't that slow but I don't think he can get much faster at this point in his career. I hope they don't give up on him but I don't see too many 4th liner/PP specialist around the league.
Now if Koltsov had Oullettes hands he would score 50!!