DesertPenguin wrote:Shero isn't going to stand pat, but I don't think J Staal is going anywhere this summer either. Next summer, maybe, if he has to, but not now. Our team defense was awful in the series. He's not going to trade away his best defensive forward, who by the way gave the best and most consistent performance of the whole team.
I am praying the CBA gets addressed quickly so RS has the flexibility to make the moves he needs to make. Once he knows his cap number, he can get to work retooling the defense. His interview indicates to me that, with the return of clutch and grab, his defense needs less slick skating puck movers and more big bodied crease clearers.
Letang, Orpik and Engelland will return. Despres is ready, he makes 4. Despres has some size and physicality to him, so that helps. He's 6'4" 220 lbs and has room on his frame to add more. He won't be counted on for big minutes early on though, so the rest will need to be spread around to others.
Niskanen is not a physical player, but he seems to excel in Bylsma's system, which he himself knows, and will be motivated financially to return. I'd like to see that happen. I'd be a little afraid to see him in the top 4 without a very sound partner, but as a #5 with Engo, hes a good pair.
Strait or Lovejoy will be the #7. I don't care which. Given Lovejoy's struggles in this series, my thinking is Strait gets the nod. We will also have Morrow and Harrington in the A ready to fill in if there are injuries.
That leaves one spot for either Martin, Michalek or a free agent. If you can move them, I'd do it. Everyone is pointing towards Suter as that replacement, but I think thats the wrong move. He is 6'1" 195lbs. He is not the physical presence we are looking to add. We need someone that is in the 220 range and uses it. I'm pouring through the list of free agents right now and no one really stands out, but Suter is not the answer. Id rather spend 4-5 mil on a guy and save the rest for Staal, Sid, and in the future Geno, Dupuis, Kunitz etc etc etc Anyone have any ideas?
This is what you've got
Kubina - Old and over the hill but for the right price would look good on the 3rd pairing
Stuart - If it's at his current price tag no. For 750k less then yes.
Jackman - Will probably make around his current price tag
Sarich - Good one on one but how much did playing in Calgary taint him
Gill - Older but still effective, question is do you want to pay him over 2M
Aucioin - Again older but at the right price can be good
Zannon - Haven't watch him play a lot but 116 hits in 56 games
That's really all you've got in terms of physicality that isn't totally useless otherwise.