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Its no secret everyone ants some top 6 firepower, but the bottom 6 is terrible on Detroit right now and could use a makeover. Its my birthday saturday and I'll be gone all weekend so I'm gonna make this thread now. The bottom 6 could use some physicality, and could also use one more NHL centerman (sorry Emmerton). A lot of us fans dont want to overpay, but the wings have 4 players to sign, and are still 8 million under the cap floor! I think 4th line center is a huge need for this team, the wings just werent the usual well balanced team last year they usually are

At center in place of Emmerton the number 1 choice would be Gaustad. Decent age, fairly tough, great defensively, big and strong. Amazing face off guy as well which I value in a bottom 6 centerman. He could become overpriced however. He could play third line and Helm down on the fourth could eat up a tonne of PK time as well

After him, I think Konopka is the only guy I really would think of putting in there. He can PK, and is a faceoff beast as well. Not a great all around player but provides things the team needs compared to Emmerton. He is physical, a faceoff specialist and will fight quite a bit. For a million bucks, at least he provides something.

Dark Horse: Darryl Boyce. Good defensively, somewhat tough, fairly physical and just solid all around player. Definitely better then Emmerton and would come fairly cheap. He works his bag off every single game.

I wouldnt mind seeing a physical winger added to the fourth line as well, with a solid center and winger added the bottom 6 would be back to contributing I think.

Travis Moen would be my top pick at winger, he is a VERY strong PKer, hitter, chips in offensively and can fight as well. He can be counted on for aruond 25 points as well. I would pay around 2.5 for Moen

Number 2 is Brandon Prust. He is one year removed from 29 points, and still had 17 last year. That is very similar production as most of the wings bottom 6 players. He was the third most used PKer on the leagues 5th best PK last year. Hes a big hitter and pretty much the ultimate "energy" player. While producing the same (or more) points as guys like Miller, he will go out there, run anyone, fight anyone and get under the other teams skin. Hes still only 28 as well. This is what us fans have been looking for for the wings. An enforcer that can play the game VERY well. Being from London, Detroit is pretty much tied with Toronto for the closest team and I actually cant see Toronto going after him with Brown already.

There are a few other guys I could see helping the bottom 6. Ryan Carter had a great playoff and is a potential center, I also like the idea of David Moss as well. Matt Bradley is being bought out and wouldnt be bad either

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Babs says Helm is the best 3rd line centre in the NHL bar none. Kenny MUST SIGN PRUST. 3rd line is Cleary-Helm-Bert and the 4th line hopefully will be Prust-Abs-Eaves.

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The 3rd/4th line options should be addressed later in July when the bargain players will be available. Also Detroit will have 20-21 players once Abby and Quincey are signed, so they will have to make some trades to even be able to sign the top 6 player and top 2 Dman they need.

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i would rather have a prust like player over almost any free agent

Why exactly? Abdelkader is already a younger, faster better version of Prust? I mean I'd like to add Prust, but he's not going to make a gigantic impact on the team, especially over some of the other names out there.

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I have been asking for Moen since three of four years ago....but here is my bottom six guys I would love to see one or two of:

Moen

Meuller

Prust

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Why exactly? Abdelkader is already a younger, faster better version of Prust? I mean I'd like to add Prust, but he's not going to make a gigantic impact on the team, especially over some of the other names out there.

love abdelkader but i think prust is better right now at what he does , id much rather have BOTH the more grit on this team the better if we can add prust and someone else like doan or ott or whomever itll only help the team

1.6 for prust for 3-4 yrs he's 28 and its not a crazy contract youd find hard to trade away if ever holland wanted to

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Im hoping for prust and a fourth line center like Konopka, which would allow abdelkader to shift to wing. Personally Id love to see the wings pry Matt Martin away from the Islanders, but I know that wont happen, so I'll settle for Prust and Konopka instead.

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Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: The Predators still hope they are able to re-sign Paul Gaustad, though he’ll test the waters.

Maybe we will look at signing gaustad for the 4th line.. I've got nothing against that.

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How is everyone completely overlooking Asham?

For the record, my number one on this wish list is Gaustad and Prust second, but I think Asham would be fantastic on our 4th line...

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I'd love to find someone with wheels to play with Helm. If/when the team hits a rough patch, an energy line of Mursak-Helm-FA speedster would be, at the very least fun, to watch.

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I'd love to find someone with wheels to play with Helm. If/when the team hits a rough patch, an energy line of Mursak-Helm-FA speedster would be, at the very least fun, to watch.

Brunner has wheels. If we sign a pair of top 6 forwards maybe we see a Mursak-helm-Brunner third line.. That would be deadly.

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love abdelkader but i think prust is better right now at what he does , id much rather have BOTH the more grit on this team the better if we can add prust and someone else like doan or ott or whomever itll only help the team

1.6 for prust for 3-4 yrs he's 28 and its not a crazy contract youd find hard to trade away if ever holland wanted to

Prust has already refused more than that from the Rangers

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Kenny will need to be QUICK tomorrow... let's hope that he will not wait or the 2nd/3rd wave (like he was doing in the past)...

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Brunner has wheels. If we sign a pair of top 6 forwards maybe we see a Mursak-helm-Brunner third line.. That would be deadly.

Say WAH? Too small, defensively challenged. (IMO)

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3rd line should be def/energy line

4th line should be energy/intimidating line

Why would you want Brunner on the bottom 2 lines?

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