I am fairly excited about out prospects for sure, but like someone said, you don't sign someone fror $3M and tell them to sit... I say juggle the lines up....seriously.
Filppula - Datsyuk - Tootoo
Bertuzzi - Zetterberg - Brunner
Franzen - Helm - Cleary
Sammy - Abby - Eaves/Miller/Nyquist
I know Tootoo isn't a top 6 guy, but he would provide some level of protection out there for Pav and Fil...Same with Bertuzzi. I do not like Franzen (no really?!?!) but I do believe he is a better third line player than a top 6 guy. If he could find some kind of scoring back, he could really compliment that 3rd line...I think Sammy is washed up...I was a bit excited for him when he signed (not his salary) thinking he was the same player as 2008 or when he went to Vancouver, I was wrong about him. If Holland is not going to make that impact trade then line juggling is going to have to be the answer....or at least a try.
On the D, considering all the injuries, we may no choice but to bring up another 'kid." Besides, it cannot get any worse on D can it?
Kronwall - Lashoff
Smith - Huskins
Kindl - ?????