Tocchet wrote:Hilbert is a good second liner, but doesn't seem to have the top-level talent to be on a legit first line.
The Pens need to sign someone to play on the left of Sidney and Colby, and Colby needs to gain about five pounds of muscle this offseason, along with attending some speed/power skating camps.
Kolanos is interesting -- a right-handed shot with good skill. I'm afraid he might be another tweener -- not really good enough for the top lines, but doesn't fit into the 3rd or 4th lines.
I'm really, really, really hoping that someone will take LeClair. I highly doubt it, but let's hope.
I agree with most of your post, as always.
It's a real shame that some posters on this site are willing to ignore the strides hilbert has made and relegate him to "a fourth liner". But it's obvious that he's found a place here. I like him next to Malkin, he is a solid defensive presence, he can pass well, and he can finish. Maybe to fill in the question marks on the second line we could nab Afinogenov or *gasp* Morozov. As much has I hate him, it might be worth a shot to give him a one year deal that is incentive laden.
The top line need definitely needs to be adressed as well. Kolanos really suprised me with his WB/S play. Grace is usually a very good judge of talent and has had a "mike lange man-crush" since his acquisiton.
As far as LeClair goes, I wouldn't mind him staying, but if someone is willing to accept his albatross of a contract, I'd be for it.
I'm interested to see what happens with Lannon. Next year we should also see the debut of Letang in the AHL.
Anyone know what Daniel Fernholm is up to? He had a nice camp this year.