Agreed, it's tough right now. I like the kid line together too. I guess I would probably just flip Miller and Cleary. It sucks because that 4th line was good in the first, but I don't think the Wings can afford more of Cleary and Bertuzzi on the same line.
Yes, both need to be off the team when some of these other guys get healthy.
The really damning thing is this team, as it currently stands, probably wouldn't miss them. Never mind our team at full strength.
Haven't really read what's been posted in this thread since my lunch break, but I caught some bits and pieces while scrolling. Firstly, I totally agree with kip's Nyquist angle. If we're gonna land that big scoring winger we so desperately need, it'll cost us at least a first-round pick and one of Nyquist/Tatar/Jurco. The reason why you'd even consider putting together such a package is our absurd lack of size and physicality up front, especially in the top six - whereas we have at least one prospect who projects as, basically, a Nyquist clone (that would be Calle Jarnkrok, who hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire this season, mostly because he's very small, especially for a center). I was gonna talk about power forwards (and, more broadly, our lack of size up front) before I disappeared, but I'm thinking I'll address it in that new trade thread rather than do it here, because I haven't quite organized my thoughts yet.
The other thing I wanted to say: I've given it some good objective thought, but, I'm sorry, I just can't get behind DeKeyser-Smith being our second pairing, especially if we're in full-on Cup-or-bust-(because-our-core-is-only-getting-older) mode. Even if it were to work well for us, you know there'd be at least one key injury in the playoffs.