We are still lacking the hands/size combination, aggressiveness/hitting, and hunger we need to win a cup. As such here are my thoughts (albeit challenging to do all of them) that could really turn us into a TOUGH team to play against, and one that's built for the playoff grind, and that can play any style.
Right now our 2014 cap is 60 million, it is expected to be 64 million so here are my views.
First things first
1.Ballard and Tostito (resign and trade) for Matt Martin and a 2nd round pick. isles will be desperate for dmen as many of theirs are aging and are ufas.
2. Do not re-sign Manny (known) and Ebbett and have to let Higgy go.
3. Lou and Booth for a young right shooting dman who can step in and a 1st.
4. Sign David Clarkson for 4.25 ml and Torres for 2.25, resign Raymond for a 3 ml cap hit (for three years)
This team will have size on every line. Someone who can score and hit with the Sedins (and take some pressure off Kassian and let him develop properly).Clarkson has size, uses it, can fight and will drop em, protect the Sedins and can score, has very good hands, good cycler and around the net/tough areas.
I don't think we'll need a third line center if Schroeds keeps developing and we add size througout the line up (size that uses its size). If Kesler gets hurt, with this line up we still have enough size on the wings to manage to win with a smaller center. Schroeds is looking like the real deal and needs to be given the oppty on the third now.
Move Kassian with Burr and Kesler. Size on that line, Burr can be the playmaker, that would be one annoying and tough line to play against.
Third line, issue for me here was I don't like a Mayray, Schroeder, Hansen line in the playoffs (lacking size). Signing and bringing back torres adds a new dynamic here. It provides a solid forcheck like Hansen but adds hitting, and size to handle playoff hockey.
Hansen drops to fourth and now we have a fourth AV loves. Lappy with Hansen can be two of the best shutdown players in the league, Martin brings a hitter like no other and this line will TIRE the HELL out of teams in the playoffs.
AV can now roll all four lines like he did in the run. I like the depth, the size, the toughness, and scoring ability. We still have Jensen in the minors as well as Gaunce as potential call ups.
Nothing drastic, but shows how a couple small changes can really change the dynamic, and size of this team
Daniel Henrik Clarkson
6.1 / 6.1/ 4.25 = 16
Burrows Kelser Kassian
4.5 / 5/ .875 = 10.4
Raymond Schroeder Torres
3.0 / 1.25 / 2.25 = 6.5
Martin Lappiere Hansen
1 / 1.35 / 1.35 = 3.7
4.5 / 4.6 = 9.1
5 / 2 = 7
Bieksa / New D
Total = 64 Mil
Edited by BuretoMogilny, 24 March 2013 - 09:07 PM.