With the over crowded roster and Eaves making his debut against Vancouver tonight and Helm possible for one of the games in Alberta this weekend, just wondering what people think Kenny and Babs should do...
If I were Ken Holland...
Trade Samuelsson (retain 50% of his salary - $1,500,000) for a late round draft pick or future considerations to a struggling team with cap space (Florida, Buffalo, Calgary...)
Trade Andersson for a 2014, 3rd round draft pick to a team looking for depth at center (New York I, Buffalo, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver...)
Trade Quincey and a 2014, 2nd and / or a 3rd round pick to either Edmonton for Ladislav Smid or Philadelphia for Nicklas Grossmann.
Promote Nyquist and Tatar full time.
If I were Mike Babcock...
Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Alfredsson
Nyquist - Franzen - Tatar
Abdelkader - Weiss - Bertuzzi
Miller - Helm - Cleary / Eaves / Tootoo
Kronwall - Ericsson
Smid or Grossmann - Kindl
DeKeyser - Smith
I think the top line would absolutely dominate once they got going. I really think that Franzen is better suited playing down the middle, getting more involved and would benefit by playing with two young, energetic players trying to prove themselves. The third and forth lines have the potential to be the best bottom two lines in the league, one big, crash and bang line and one energetic, grinding line.