What do you guys think of Ryan Malone? I haven't followed him too much after he left Pit, but could he be a in front of the net power forward type we could use?
I see Vancouver bought out Booth and he is a UFA. Also, I would love to add Jeremy Welsh to our crop of young talent. Other players that I think would be nice here INSTEAD of re-signing Cleary:
Heatley, Ott, Setoguchi and then the mentioned Booth and Malone..
Malone would basically be a 2nd Abdelkader on our team that doesn't hit as much. Heatley is a bad idea...he's like a poor man's Franzen these days. Ott would be great here with his assholey abrasive style. Not too familiar with Booth these days. Setoguchi....as a big Jets fan as well, I can tell you I am insanely happy to not have him on the Jets anymore. He's lazy, he's soft and he misses the net more than Franzen.
So out of those guys, yes to Ott, but only if we can dump Andersson to free up a spot.
So we have Pulkkinen, Mantha and Athaniesou fighting for roster spots? I think that's something exciting to look forward to. Don't sign Cleary, cause I'd much rather have a kid sniper, a guy that skates like Pavel Bure, or a 6'5 power forward with a nasty scoring touch. And that's just at forward. @ Number9, the Wings brass was saying all year that Ouellet is the most NHL ready of them all currently. Those plays you're referring to, you see those every time he laces 'em up.
sjr2012 - I'd like to see Smith on the PP personally. He's got the best 1-T on our team on D anyways. If we had him on 1 pair unloading and Sproul on the other, I think we'd improve our PP considerably this season. I didn't care too much about whether we got "top UFA's" or not, I just didn't want Q or Cleary back and want Kindl gone. Those were the only moves that actually mattered to me this offseason.
I'd take Del Zotto over Kindl or Quincey any day of the week. As far as Heatley or Setoguchi, I want nothing to do with either of those guys. Vrbata is ok, but I'd also rather see Alfie back for 1 year and then Mantha up instead of getting him. If I actually had things my way, I'd keep Mitch Callahan, promote Mantha if he shows he belongs, promote Ouellet and Sproul and then find a way to dump Kindl, whether it be a regular buyout or trade to a desperate team who cares, and then tell Cleary and Alfie to retire.
Niskanen is going to get a 7 year deal north of 42 million. Are you guys ok with that?
I'd be a lot more comfortable with 7 at 35 million. In a different offseason, he'd get no more than that. Not to mention that more Dmen are hitting the market so there's not quite as much supply and demand, even if he is the best RH Dman on the market right now. I'd offer Boyle 2 years at 7.5 mil and wait for Sproul to QB our PP.