I don't know why people keep suggesting smaller skilled guys. Abdelkader obviously doesn't belong in the top 6 but Babcock feels he needs someone bigger and physical there. Tatar, Nyquist and Brunner could have scored a ton with him but they don't get the opportunity because he feels he needs some size and toughness there. We don't need Richards, Weiss, Burmistrov, Elias, Roy, Bozak, Briere, Boyes, Ribeiro, Ryder... (all these guys don't offer anything we don't already have plenty of and it's only a matter of time before Tatar and Nyquist are regarded as better than most of them anyway maybe even as soon as next year and it wouldn't cost us a big hit against the cap like those guys would)
We either need a power forward, for Babcock to reconsider or a new coach. Having Tatar on Pav's wing instead of Abby would have made that line a lot more productive and Abby on the bottom 6 would have made the bottom 6 more effective and it probabaly would have made the difference between winning and losing against the Hawks.
No offense but this lineup while highly skilled would get easily smocked in the east. MacLaren, Orr, Thornton, Lucic, Prust would be having a free ride everytime they are going to play against the Wings. Although I agree, the choices are extremely limited but there are at least some, hopefully Holland knows what needs to be done in order to survive the division. I think Burmistrov is KHL bound, Weiss is not a bigtime player and our only two superstars could need some bigtime players or at least some guys who can make room for them, Weiss does neither.
They're not that limited.
Iginla, Clarkson, Horton,Bickell, Zubrus, Dupuis and there will be some buyouts.
I would trade Nyquist+ for Panik amd we woiuld still have some cap room to make adjustments if needed.
Edited by Johnz96, 15 June 2013 - 05:26 PM.