Idoit40fans wrote:Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Malone, Letang. I don't see who would bump any of them. If Malone were added to this roster, he'd have to be on the top unit.
They'd have to go to two power play units, which opens up a whole new can of worms there. If they were to do that, adding Gonchar rather than Malone would make more sense. If Gonch played with Engelland at even strength, the pairing might work if he had a reduced role, but he would certainly be an asset on the first power play unit.
Gonch - Niskanen - Sid - Neal - Kunitz
Letang - Malkin - Sutter - Kennedy - Dupuis
...or something to that effect. Point is, there just aren't enough able-bodied players who can play the point (and Paul Martin does not count, that's not a knock on him per se but the power play is not his strength). I don't think this spreads the talent too thin, and you wouldn't have a first unit or a second unit but two first units, so to speak. Just a thought. IMO this would be harder to both plan for and to defend.