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Not gonna happen. Yandle is signed another year, so unless you think they're gonna flip him and buy out Boyle, there's just no room.
Originally Posted by DiJock94
Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Klein are all under contract. Hunwick is a UFA, so if they bring him back it just adds to the mix. I think if Boyle gets bought out (somewhat likely), you've got one open spot to compete for.
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Maybe McIlrath could get in the face off circle, and just elbow the other guy in the head when the puck is dropped.
Anything to get an edge my friend.
Originally Posted by Rome 2.0
obviously there's no room unless we move our disgraceful 3rd line. But it would still save alot of money on the cap. thats why i said i would love it, not i expect it to happen.
Originally Posted by Rome 2.0
McIlrath is a righty, Skjei a lefty. Given AV doesn't like playing guys out of position if he can help it, I think Skjei will play a half season at least in Hartford. There's really no rush with him. He just made it to pro, we have McDonagh, Staal and Yandle down the left side. If we buy out Boyle, which I think cap-wise will become a necessity, then we have a 6 RD spot. If McIlrath can't seize it, we'll have to find one elsewhere. I'm fine then trading him if we can, or playing him as an 8th D if we have room. I want Hunwick back if he'll accept that 7th role, but I have a feeling he's done enough this year to earn a $2M per, 2 year deal from someone who will use him as a 5/6.
For forwards, I wouldn't mind rolling with something like:
Nash - Brassard - MZA
Kreider - Stepan - Fast
Hagelin - Hayes - Miller
Glass - Moore - Lindberg
Get Lindberg into a pro spot, even if it's in a defensive role where he can add some offense. He should be able to then slot up if/when we have injuries as he becomes more comfortable (think Fast). As Hayes and Miller develop more, we end up with an extremely balanced scoring top 9.
Lindberg is a center though, no?
He can move around. Most centers in the league find themselves on the wing from time to time. Both Hayes and Miller spent time on the wing earning their NHL jobs. Miller is still there quite frequently. We also used Boyle and Moore last year on the 4th line with success.
Originally Posted by Morphinity
Ideally, with Lindberg being good on draws at the lower levels and that being an area we lack, we'll find spots for him to work on his face offs at the NHL level though.
Yeah, he's a terrific defensive forward for that and many other reasons. He wins draws, has size, kills penalties, moves the puck, skates well, works along the boards, etc. He's got moderate offensive ability too. He'll be a great addition to the team when he makes it. He also has a tendency to be one of those guys that steps up when the pressure rises, like our other Swedes in Hagelin/Fast.
Originally Posted by AmericanJesus