Regarding last nights game: Looked pretty flat for most of the game. Glad to see that they overcame some horrible officiating and that Babs switched up that top line to get both Z and Dats going. Z didn't have his best game and honestly, I thought Dats looked invisible for most of it too. There's no denying that Abby has been great on that top line. If you're thinking otherwise, you're wrong. Two goals that Echolalia pointed out were not a result of shots being banked off of him by Dats.
Moving Nyquist down to the second may get a spark going for them. Ideally having a top line of Z-D-A second line of Nyquist - Weiss - Mule, and third line centered by Sheahan or Helm would be spectacular. I don't see a Sheahan or Helm centered second line being all that formidable.
And let's all be real boys and girls; Jurco, Tatar, and Nestrasil still have a lot to prove in this league. While so far they're off to a slow start in the 2014-15 campaign, you really shouldn't be all that surprised. They're young, unproven, and two of the three are really just seeing their first shot at making the dance.
So let's let them play while we wait for Mule's return and Weiss' eventual coming out party.
(being highly optimistic on that second one, but I'm not going to give up just yet.)
I don't have much interest in Myers. His size is something to consider, but I think we've got some prospects I'd rather see up with the team before we start trading for a guy who hasn't had much success in the league, barring his rookie year. (I know, I know he plays for Buffalo.)
While Carlson, Letang, or Burns would be fabulous additions to the blueline... those guys would cost WAYYYYY too much in a trade and are probably going NOWHERE. (Carlson is signed long-term at a great cap-hit. Letang is the Penguins d-corp. Only guy signed long-term. Burns has played both F and D for SJ, is very versatile. Have no idea why they'd ever ever ever trade him.)
Green might be a nice deadline acquisition (RENTAL ONLY) if Washington is looking to free up some cap-space for a forward, but unless we're somehow getting rid of Kindl and Quincey in the process... I don't think we'd want to re-sign him anyway.
Yandle probably isn't going anywhere unless he wants to get out of Arizona and I don't know what a realistic package for him would start at.
He's not the type of player that you can just toss leftover/unwanted pieces at to obtain. You're also talking complete overhaul of the D-corps if you're bringing Yandle over.
Malik mentioned him earlier today as a player to watch now, but I've had my eye out for him back when he was a pending FA in 2012
Dennis Wideman - Calgary - RIGHT HANDED. He has three years left at $5.25 million per season and his name is out there.
There was early concern with him not being on the roster, but 6 games in he has a goal and two assists on a team that may be going in a different direction. Giodano, Smid, Engelland, Russell all signed through next year. T.J. Brodie is all but extended at this point.
It's quite possible that the Flames may be looking to shed some of that salary that Wideman carries as they rebuild.
Kindl could slot in there nicely, as he's a slightly "cheaper," (but also slightly less effective) version of Wideman.
No, I'm not suggesting a straight up Kindl for Wideman trade. That's silly. It would definitely have to include a pick and prospect.
...and yes, I know, he has a no-trade. They can be waived.
While Ericsson did have that horrible mistake that led to Boston's only goal... he did redeem himself in the third by directly making a play that killed a good scoring chance for Boston. I pointed this out in the GDT last night.
It's so much easier to remember the bad plays over the good, but lets not pretend that game in/game out players don't make mistakes that sometimes lead to goals. That's just silly.
I'm in agreement that throwing out two veterans in favor of two rookies is silly as well. We're not so shallow on defense that we HAVE to do that... so why should we? I want to see a rookie come up and get some experience, but not at the expense of games early in the season.