That is good news for us. I say we do 2 things to improve our D:
1) Time for Ken Holland to make a ballsy move. If he is willing to take a risk to sign an injury prone Stephen Weiss to a 5.5 million dollar deal for 5 years, then he should for sure be willing to take a risk to go after Torey Krug. Everytime I watch Krug play, he reminds me so much as Nick Lidstrom (offensively only of course). He keeps his game simple and always makes sure that he gets the puck to the net. Does not always feel the need to wind up for the big clapper, but he does know when he can. Either way, his shots always generates good scoring chances. I think Kenny should go all out for him and offer him a contract that Boston simply cannot match. IMO if we offer around 7 million, Boston can't match that. This is such a good move because it makes us a better team for many years, but as Zetty and Pav said they want, it makes us better NOW as well. Obviously it is a risky move, but I have little doubt we would benefit from this.
2) Then sign Dan Boyle to a cheaper contract for 1 or 2 years. He gives us some nice veteran experience on the blue line, right handed shot and, most importantly, gives us a better team NOW.
So now our Defense will look something like this:
That is a MUCH BETTER blue line that will give the team a greater chance to win on a nightly basis.
3) Sign Gaborick or trade or get Hossa if available.
That would be pretty much all we can do, but look at what our team could look like with those moves:
Zetty- Pav- Franzen (use him as Homer net front)
Nyqyist- Weiss- Hossa
Alfie- Sheahan- Tatar
Jurco- Helm- Abby/ Glendending/ Miller
That would be a very very good team and for sure would be our best lineup since 2009. The problem is kenny does not have the guts to make a bold move like that for Krug.
I would take half of that if it was possible. Unfortunetly it will never happen, but I do see us pursuing Boyle, would really love to get Markov though.