The very important point that you are missing is that we don't lack offense at all. We have been amongst the highest scoring teams in the league for the past several years. Our bread and butter is outscoring the opposition. It is simply the facts and not opinion.
With the exact same roster that is chock full of offense, we can't score goals in some of our playoff rounds. It is not that we don't have offence... it is that they are unable to make their offensive plays suddenly. You need to consider why that is. It is because they are played much more physically and don't have the room to make fancy, skilled plays.
The counter to that and the way to make room is to have more physical players... it is not to add another non-physical offensive player who will also not have room to make his plays. You have to build a balanced team that complements each other... not just try to throw the guys who score the most goals all together and hope for the best.
Our team is in need to a reasonably talented and very physical player on our 3rd line who is capable of playing meaningful minutes. Someone in the mold of a Chris Neil/Clutterbuck. He makes room for our skilled guys and has the added benefit of taking away room from the opposition's skilled players.
The other addition required to complement our existing guys is to find a very mean right hand D who punishes opposing forwards who want to dipsy doodle around our zone. If Ballard is the guy who dishes out the hardest hits on your D... you are in a little bit of trouble. I say that as someone who has been defending Ballard since he got here. He is doing everything he can to help the team but is a little miscast as our tough 3rd pairing guy.
I miss having a winning heavyweight fighter like Gino; and Gino could play.
The Sedins and Burrows are playing so well for us but they kind of use up our quota for soft players.
Kassian is an excelltent addition but if he develops as we hope, he will be like Cam Neely where you don't want him sitting in the box or ejected because you lose that offense.
Zack is a big step in the right direction but we still need more trades where we lose the softies and get tougher.
Gillis mentioned something in the last interview I watched about some players' contracts being done after this year and next.
I took it in the context that some of these players were holding down spots he will fill with tougher guys who could still play at a high level.
UFAs after this season include Malhotra, Raymond, Higgins, Lapierre, Ebbet, Volpati, Alberts, and Barker. The Sedin twins are UFAs after next season.
RFAs after this season include Schroeder, Weisse, and Tanev and after next year Kassian. (Capgeek)
Some will be re-signed and some will be let go; and some could be traded this year, adding value to a potential Luongo trade.
I could part with Raymond, Ebbet, Alberts, Barker, Schroeder, or Tanev if required to toughen this team up enough to win the Cup.
We could also trade Rodin, Connaughton, and other prospects to add value in multi-player deals.
We can also exchange draft picks to make any particular deal happen.
So we have lots to offer and can expect to get back good value in 2 or 3 trades.
Brouwer with Washington seems like he would be a good fit for that second or third line physical player.
Patrick Bordeleau out of Colorado would look better in a Nuck Uni; he looks like he can play and win fights against heavyweights.
Gudbranson from Florida might develop into a modern era Pronger-type of player.