If Forsberg is injured, Sakic takes his spot, Niko moves to the second line C while Gratton takes the third line C spot with one of Hahl/Hinote moving up to the third line...
Imo we have a great mix of scoring and fiesty players. The bottom two lines, are among the best we have had, and a Gratton Niholishin Konowalchuk line is really exciting...Obviously, the bottom two lines might change around alot, but the mix is the same and Gratton, Niko, Kono, Hahl and Hinote is a great group. It reamins to be seen what Gratton will bring to the team, and while im not hoping for him to be a top notch power forward, i do think he will bring a element that Avs have been missing, a big guy downlow that can do some damage around the net..
Big ang physical, and with some very good two way defenders in Blake and Liles, and somewhat Foote who has developed a pretty good transition game.
After the playoffs, Boughner will be gone and Sauer will take his place. I think though, that if Sauer along with Vaananen can be the steady stay at home defenders touted to be, i think we are in great shape. We would have one of the best top 6 D core we have ever had, and it should be around for a long time.
Now, if we could just get coach Q to make the team play a Blues oriented system, i think this franchise would be in great shape for many years..
Also, one last point. Im really hoping the Avs can use the last few games to rally around and become a team. As it has looked lately, it has been a bunch of individuals skating around out there. If this team can come together and be a tight bunch, this playoffs could be really intresting. If not, it wont really matter who we traded for or didnt trade for..