Pavel Bure wrote:
Pensrock wrote:Just my opinion and I admit I am certainly no expert and I put this together in about 3 minutes so I am probably overlooking something...... but what I try to do is the following:
-Resign Staal to a James Neal type contract and give him a bigger role by putting him on a line with Malkin. I think that could get him signed here.
- Move Malkin to wing on Staal's line and fill the other wing with someone like Kennedy.
- Move Neal to LW on Crosby's line and fill the other wing with someone like Dupuios.
- Trade Kunitz.... main goal to free up cap space but I think he could get you a serviceable 3rd line player in return. I would like to keep Kunitz if it could be worked out but some decisions are going to be tough to make and this is one.
-Trade Martin for whatever.... again main goal to free up cap space.
- Trade Michelik for whatever... again main goal to free up cap space.
Trading Martin, Kunitz, and Michelik free up a good chunk of money for cap space. Fill one Defensive Role with Depres. He is ready for a full time gig. Then explore the FA market for a Hal Gil(not him specifically) type of defensive defenseman that you can sign for a reasonable contract.
How are you trading all those guys? Who fills the spot in the top 6/bottom 6? Who are you signing from FA? Because on top of everything else the Pens need you've just created a hole in the top 6 forwards, and two holes in the top 4 d-men which means the Pens have to find 3 d-men in free agency or rely on Lovejoy and a rookie Despres to eat up huge minutes.
As an aside I wish people would quit saying, "Trade so and so, then pick up a type of player" How about saying who takes the players, what you get back, and then who from free agency you're going to target. Saying "trade them and sign people" is so empty and has little room for discussion.
How can you possibly give specifics on who to get back in trade scenarios. We have no idea what other GMs think of their players and what values they assign players.
As for filling the Defensive roles, Depres is certainly ready to play right now. He easily fills one of the vacated roles there. Resign Niskanen for a reasonable contract. And I mentioned trying to sign a Hal Gil type of defensemen in Free Agency. Not him specifically, but a veteran defensive defensemen that can be signed for a reasonable deal. Strait is fine as a 7th Defenseman.
As for the forwards, they will be fine with a Top 6 of say Crosby, Neal, Dupuious and then Malkin, Staal and Kennedy. That is plenty good for your top 2.
The bottom six probably needs some help with a free agent signing or two. But there is already a solid start with Cooke, Jeffries, Adams, Tangradi, etc...