But right now, our biggest weakness by far is on defense. As nice as it would be to see a legitimate top line winger brought in, right now defense takes priority. We have very little depth and a whole bunch of question marks. Will any of the young guys be able to step up? Will Martin begin to return to the form that brought him here in the first place? Will we see more of the good Letang or bad Letang this year? Who else besides Letang is fit to play point on the PP?
Rumor has it that Wade Redden is about to be bought out of his contract by NY. The thing is, he really isn't that bad of a defenseman, just WAY overpaid. For a veteran minimum type of contract, I think the move would make sense. He could easily fit in as 5-6 D-man on quite a few teams. At the very least he could add depth and fill in as a stop gap until some of the younger guys began to develop. If my memory serves me right, he used to quarterback the power play back in his ottawa days, which is something we could use here as well (at least as another option or possibly for the 2nd unit). Considering most agree that we should be able to make the playoffs with our current roster, even with a couple of d-man making the kind of mistakes that young players are prone to make, I'd like to see us give the young d-man as many opportunities as possible during the regular season to prove themselves, and in the process hopefully find someone we are comfortable going into the playoffs with. Ideally we could do this, all the while waiting for something to open up at the trade deadline to address any issues we have at the time. But that is a rather scary prospect. It might very well end up being the case that just like last year, there will be way more buyers than sellers, and there won't be any realistic options available without over paying. To me, signing a guy like Redden would be a great insurance policy. I think he would potentially come for cheap. He's made his money, and after spending the last 2 years for the Hartford Wolfpack, I can imagine he's just ready to get back to the NHL to try and prove himself.