We have a glaring gap for a 1-2 D man and a second line power forward ( a " What Weiss was supposed to be")
If Mantha can be part of the bait that brings a legit defenseman here, I think this team is closer to a contending team than most would think.
I guarantee the wings make a big trade if Babcock re-signs, I'm sure it will be a stipulation In the contract
I completely agree. I think Babcocks coaching days are over in Motown unless he has an equal say in who is coming into the organization. Som elf the comments he made during this year really indicate that he felt Holland was not addressing the teams needs. I think if Babcock states, he will want Phaneuf- Babs likes physical hockey and probably feels that Dion is moldable under him.
I think of guys that are still under contract. I see a trade as our best scenario, especially for teams that are cap heavy. Certainly we have some young talent and some depth that we could shed to get a guy that isn't happy ( or the organization is not happy with) I am thinking of Eric staal who is only 30 and is slowly dying in Carolina. I would also love to have a guy like Wayne Simmons from Philly.
We need to address the blue line first though.....not sure if the Dion trade has any merit ( for Weiss going that way with Smith) but something needs to happen back there. I always really, really liked Tyler Myers and I feel like we missed the boat on him.