Next season's need is most definitely defense. This D needs to be re-tooled and not include the likes of Q or K or, and I hate to say it, Smith. Not unless they hang on to Smith and he proves next season that he can make the jump to a full time reliable guy. I think you look at the D and keep Kronner, E and Diesel as your core, everyone else is up in the air. Laser makes a good #7 relief guy, but again, hasn't grabbed that #6 spot by the horns and probably won't. So outside of those 3 keepers, the other 4 are very expendable and that is the reason we are doing not so good this season. We need a top line guy and 2-3 solid #3-#6 guys.
I fully believe that our offense will be fine, maybe find a specialist out there to help the PP and/or Shoot Outs (Boyes) that won't cost too much. But I love our kids and Mantha is just tearing up the Q. He may not step in next season, but there is quiet the possibility...
So the way I see it is:
Kronwall - Top Line Guy
Ericsson - Solid #4
Dekeyser - Solid #5
...I know Almqvist is out of options, but I do not see him on this team and would be better served in a package or just get a pick for him.
I agree we need to improve the defense. I also agree that we need to cut loose of Kindl and Quincey. BUT I have to disagree about Smith. As much as I think he's a bonehead and god awful at playing defense, I also used to say the same thing about Ericsson. I'd want to give Smith the chance to grow into a real player...BUT...that means being firmly entrenched as the THIRD PAIR puck mover and nothing more. I don't want that s*** for brains anywhere near the second pair until he outplays someone and takes their spot. Until then, third pair puck mover and a "good luck kid". Let him sink or swim without Kindl or Quincey to take the fall for him. If he does...great. If not...no harm done because he's on the third pair.
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