Pitt87 wrote: pcm wrote: Froggy wrote:
MRandall25 wrote: Not really sure you could go wrong with either on the wing with Malkin and Neal.
recent history pretty much says the exact opposite. that was a major black hole for the ENTIRE duration of this season.
Yeah, the rotating door at LW was a huge factor for Malkin and Neal's subpar seasons. I really hope they find a permanent solution... like the one they already have.
Here's what I'd go with:
Trade Jokinen + Niskanen. Sign Morrow. Done.
Scuds will not play top minutes for this team, and Martin will not play 2nd pair minutes.
Anyone else think that Orpik is in play? I would think that a Martin/Letang top pair with Orpik/Scuderi would be pretty tough, but I would really like to see Despres be an everyday starter this year, and play with a useful linemate...
Eaton was paired with Letang for a large part of the season, but he didn't play top pairing minutes. Letang and Martin will be used in all situations - 5V5, PK, PP. Scuds will only be 5V5 and PK. I would also expect to see Letang taking occasional shifts with the young guys - Despres, Dumoulin, Bortuzzo. Don't worry about Scuderi and Orpik's minutes. They will be managed.
I recall a tidbit a few weeks back about Shero reaching out to extend Orpik. I'm guessing that situation has changed with Scuderi in the fold. Brooksie will stay on for this, his final season under contract, and then be allowed to walk.