Flo The Action wrote:Also there has been significant chatter around the organization that sens are willing to spend right now to make this team into a contender. If you think they will stand pat this season and stick with what we've got then you better think again. Either they will trade for a bigger ticket than they already have or they will be giving some significant money to a FA.
No way do we go into next season with the roster we have. No way. I just hope it's not Stewart.
As it stands right now I would let condra walk and lazar start in the minor. If Chiasson is still here then I have no problem with him starting on that 3rd line. And since everyone is penciling Neil to stay that's your 4rth line RW.
In the left you have a mix of mac, Hoffman and that is where you slide Williams IMO. Then it's pumpel or prince as injuries happen With michalek to start.
Really not sure anything is gonna come of this off-season. I don't see one area at forward where we can say we're weak and we need to spend money to solve a problem. A lot of success will come when players like Chiasson, Puempel, Prince, Lazar and Pageau start to get some serious games in and have some success.
The glaring issues come at D. Are we good enough to do anything with the D we have? Not convinced we are, but at the same time if you don't commit to giving Wiercioch, Ceci, Boro, Cowen and Wideman ample time to fully develop, then you need to trade one or two of them.
The way it is right now we need to make some moves and ship some bodies out. I'd expect the lineup to look something like this:
Mac - Turris - Stone
Hoffman - ZBad - Ryan
Puempel/Prince - Pageau - Michalek
Puempel/Prince - Smith - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Boro/Cowen - Wideman/Boro/Cowen
one of Boro/Cowen/Wideman
That's 24 players, so one more body moved and I really don't see anywhere where you can say it's a good idea to upgrade unless it's Hoffman or unless you're playing Puempel on line 4 and upgrading the 3rd line LW.