KG wrote:Actually, the more I think about it...I would consider keeping Bissonnette up with the big club as the 13th/14th forward. He could be inserted into the lineup when we play the tougher teams and it would allow Pesonen to play top line minutes in WBS...
Bissonnette/Thomas is my final vote!
I actually, think the same about Bissonnette. He'd be a nice middleweight to have around as an extra forward and/or defenseman. And, if he's kept, it might allow Shero to keep 7 defensemen rather than 8.
Dupuis - Crosby - Satan
Staal - Malkin - Sykora
Fedotenko - Talbot - Cooke
Pesonen - Taffe - Kennedy
Ex: Godard, Bissonnette
Letang - Eaton
Goligoski - Orpik
Scuderi - Gill
Ex: Sydor, Bissonnette
IR: Whitney, Gonchar
So, as you see, keeping Bissonnette gives the Pens a physical fourth liner for teams like Philly, etc, and also gives depth on defense if the team is in a pinch. For those reasons, I like him over Thomas.
By the way, I could see Shero making a small trade to change the makeup of the team. I just can't see Pesonen as a fourth liner, and, looking at that fourth line, the Penguins are very small and weak. They'd get destroyed against bigger opponents.