I don't feel he's reliable enough with his health. Skill-wise I have no complaints of his play this year, but Mrazek has been fantastic in both skill and health all season. I wouldn't complain if we brought him back cheap like you say, because we will still have Mrazek waiting in the wings to call up when he strains his groin again...
I will admit I wanted a shot at getting Perry on our team this offseason, and was somewhat disappointed he resigned in Anaheim. However, after watching this series, I've come to realize he could never be a Wing. His attitude makes me sick.
Truth, but DK would've been in instead of Lash, which may have changed things a bit. Helm, at this point I have no clue if he would make a difference. Our third line has been the most consistent line we've had. Imagine though, if you would, a line of Nyquist-Helm-Brunner. Holy speed.
I really hope Smith starts getting in form soon. He's been tossed around a lot this season with different pairings, and I think it's been bad for his development. I forget who has it in their signature, but it says that DeKeyser and Smith will be paired up next season. I hope they are correct because I think that would be a good pair.
I can't blame Babs at all right now. Limited number of "healthy" players to work with. However it's all about winning in professional sports no excuses in the NHL either.
It's always easy to blame the coach but in reality it always comes down to the players.
Opinion of course.
I won't agree it always comes down to JUST the players. The players are on the ice, they have to perform. The way that the lines have been thrown together and the changes come down to Babcock. Tater should not be on the 3rd line still, just as Abdelkader should not be on the 2nd line with Datsyuk. Datsyuk has enough of a task trying to drag Cleary along all the time.