First O'Brien. Regardless of what some may think after the first two games, Gog and Letang will eventually provide the "O" back there we need. They both make the great first pass, and they will be fine on the PP in 10-20 games or so. What we need is someone with some jam back there who can clear a crease and drop the mits if necessary to keep Fluery alive and healthy throughout the season. O'Brien can do this and he's cheap, Tampa has placed him on waivers. Please move Sydor and keep O'Brien as a 7th, but dress him for the Philly, Boston, NY, NJ opponents who are bound to test our SOFT defense.
Before we hear about Orpick and Gill,,,,t,,Orpick can hit and skate, Gill can move bodies, but neither provide what O'Brien can.
Mark Bell..........call me crazy but to me, he has so much potential to be a Power Forward, I'd like to see him here instead of Thomas, give him a shot on Sid's wing for 5-7 games, standing in front of the net and playing nasty. If he fails, waive him. Despite his past off ice troubles I think he could be a good addition.