lw27 wrote:trading sydor once whitney returns is one thing but another issue that will happen at that time is which other defensemen now has to sit. Do they bench Letang or Goligoski? Weren't they doing some kind of odd rotation last year for a short while in the spring? Then when gonchar returns it causeses the same problem. Used to be that the pens D had nobody to move the puck and now they will be almost overloaded with 4 offensive d-men. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with trades barring other injuries.
When Whitney returns you send either send Goligoski down and bring Richmond up to be #7, or you keep Goligoski up and rotate the 7th man.
When Gonchar returns you send Richmond or Goligoski down and then you rotate the 7th man.
I don't really think having 4 puck moving defensemen on the team would really be as much of a hindrance as you'd think. None of them are a defensive albatross. Letang and Goligoski have been playing well for the increased roll that the injuries have brought them. Next year, if the Pens top 6 is:
Goligoski- Scuderi/Gill/Eaton type guy
I think that'd be great.