In addition to Roenick, Eklund now has us tied with:
1. Peter Forsberg (Nashville, Vancouver, Detroit, Philadelphia)
Please, please...let it happen. It would be a great thing for Peter to return to Nashville to mentor Radulov and our other young forwards, while also being a great marketing face for our franchise.
21. Jan Bulis (Columbus, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Wash)
No, thank you. Bulis is not the player I want to see fill in our final spot on the third line. I could live with it if he did indeed come to Nashville, but I just don't think he would rebound his career back to the 20 goal, 40+ point seasons that he has shown he is capable of while playing on our third line.
32. Mike Johnson (Nashville,Phoenix, NYI, NJ)
Johnson is the player at the top of my wish list right now (outside of Forsberg). Good frame (6'2", 202 lbs), good speed, solid defender, and a former 20 goal scorer. I don't think he will approach 20 goals again, but could easily fit our defensive system and combine with Bonk at center to score 30-40 points from the third line position.
If I see another Roenick to Nashville link I'm going to throw up. He would serve absolutely no purpose here.
As for the Forsberg rumor, I hardly see us shelling out the money. Not to mention, it would mean Legwand is traded. I know everyone quickly points out that Bonk would be moved down to the 4th line, but I doubt it. Not to mention that would mean we get rid of one of Fiddler, Nichol, Smithson, Hordichuk, Tootoo, which isn't happening anytime soon. Those guys are cheap and Trotz loves them.
That being said I'd love to see Forsberg back in a Predators uniform.
We're still 2 mil under the cap floor, but the reasoning here is what I don't understand. To sign Forsberg means we trade Legwand? Where did that one come from. Do you think Poile is an idiot or what? Why would you trade someone who is young and coming into his own, in order to sign someone that's in their last year or two in the league. I think theres a good chance of Forsberg coming back this year, but zilch on trading Legwand.
I agree re trading Legwand but I think it was more of a commentary on the difficulty in figuring how you would fit Forsberg here. Last year, it was easy to see him slotted on the "3rd" line with Hartnell and Rads to create a lethal scoring line. Our top centers were Legwand and Arnott...everyone else was fungible.
This year, signing Bonk gives you a decent 3rd center albeit with no real great scoring punch at winger for that line so it looks like either a shutdown line or there is a need to get a winger.
If Forsberg comes along, it eliminates the option of a 3rd line shutdown unless Legwand moves to it (Forsberg and Arnott will not be playing shutdown 3rd line center), which would be a waste, and it likely throws Bonk to the 4th line, which also is a waste. I'm not sure if Bonk can play wing but that may be an option. At the same time, your need to add a winger goes up even more.
I will love it if Forsberg is back but it will create some lineup issues that don't seem to be easily solved.
To sign Forsberg means we trade Legwand? Where did that one come from. Do you think Poile is an idiot or what? Why would you trade someone who is young and coming into his own, in order to sign someone that's in their last year or two in the league. I think theres a good chance of Forsberg coming back this year, but zilch on trading Legwand.
I agree exactly with what braindead said above. I'm not advocating trading Legwand, I'm merely pointing out with our lines next year, we're probably not going to be able to do that.
Legwand has alot more trade value then Fiddler, Nichol, Smithson, etc. Plus he's a UFA after this season (yes it hurts his value some, but still way higher then the 3 mentioned above) and we have no guarantee Legwand is going to come back here.
Bonk wasn't brought here to play on the 4th line.
I'd love to have Forsberg back; he was awesome to watch and his play with Radulov made him worth the trade. However, bringing him back will force a trade in the center of the ice. And Legwand would likely be traded for our part needed on the third line, since its doubtful we sign anyone at this point.