2010 will be a more exciting summer to follow for this team than this year, that's for sure. Kenny at least got Hank and Mule locked up for a long time so we really can't complain.
Originally Posted by dtones520
If Lidstrom retires after the year, what d-men, if any, would you want to see Detroit go after?
I wouldnt mind seeing them go after a guy like Mareck Zidlicky, I've always liked his game. Maybe even throw an offer sheet at Duncan Keith.
Who is to say that Kronwall couldn't move up and play in the top pair if they happened?
As far as free agents...I don't see Pittsburgh letting Gonchar go unless he just wants too much money. Zidlicky would be a decent option but again with Kronwall continuing to develop, you might not have to go with a top pair guy and just sign a top 4 caliber guy to play with Stuart.
To me, a guy like Dan Hamhuis could be nice a little steal away from a division foe with a smaller budget. They lost Greg Zanon this year and they have Suter and Weber locked up beyond next year at a decent price...not out of the realm of possibility that they can keep him but I think he's a guy to look out for.
Kovalchuk is going to be the prize unless something is done with him before next summer. I'd love the idea of him or another Russian winger like Frolov as being guys they target and pair them up with Datsyuk.