The Godard-Laraque tradeoff is reasonably even. The hole that needs filled is the light-heavyweight division; there's nobody to replace Malone's willingness to mix it up, and that worries me a little because I sense that Malkin will be physically targeted this year more than ever.
As those of you with good memories will recall, I have already stated for the record from an impeccable source that Malkin did indeed have 2 fractured ribs from the Philly series, hence his disappearance after that. However, I think that other teams in the league may or may not accept that, and they will think that Malkin can be made to disappear with physical play. He is going to need some back-up, for sure.