All good points around.
A little off topic, but we weren't a Zach Parise away from being serious Cup contenders.
Even if we get Parise, that doesn't solve our lack of size problem nor does it COMPLETELY solve our lack of sniper problem (if you ax me, Parise isn't a "pure sniper"). Though that point becomes moot if Franzen settles back in to his "2nd scorer" role that he had in 08 and 09 behind Hank and Hossa. He played well back then....
I have a feeling that the idiot GMs in the NHL are gonna drive up the price of free-agents like they did last year (James Wizniewski "Detroit doesn't pay market value"). Then we will be in a tough spot: Parise cannot make more than Pav....at least i don't think he can.
But he does. He solves the Top 6 problem. With a healthy Helm our 3rd line is dangerous again, and with Homer gone we can build a quality 4th line.
Now, I'm all for getting more than just Parise, but he actually would push us over the edge and make us contenders, with only a few minor tweaks (4th line center) left to make.