They need AK46 to wake up, they need their strong starts to bring them proper leads rather than the Habs being down one, they need to stop getting frustrated when such things happen again as they are bound to, they need the defensive system to gel enough that there aren't so many breakdown, they need to get some amount of puck luck (average would be nice at this point), and they need one of their goalies to get hot.
(And they need Markov to get healthy, but that goes without saying.)
In other words, I don't see that they need a whole lot in terms of players, though another second-line winger would be nice.
Enough capable d-men, size down the middle and in our scoring ranks (Moen doesn't count as one of our top scorers and Lats wouldn't know what do with his size if it strangled him). In addition, high end talent from our prospect pool. We seem to never get much better than a 2nd line forward. Tomas Plekanec has been our best pt. producer of our draftees this decade and Andrei Kostitsyn our best goal scorer. Not cutting it! We seem to dull down gems from the moment they step on Hab ice. I just hope we don't do the same to P.K. Subban who can be our own poor man's Mike Green to Cammy's poor man's Ovechkin!
We mostly need better defense, offense and goaltending.
Disagree. With our goaltending, the Red Wings could have won the cup last year. Luongo is amazing, so where's his ring? Give me a team up front and on the back end I can feel great about and then we'll analyze getting that goalie. What's the point in worrying "Can Price be the cup winning goalie for us? Or Halak?" when you don't even have the cup-capable team to surround them with.
I think the habs are missing two good wingers to play with plecanek. Kostityn cannot play on the 2 line anymore and we need two good wingers.
Who can we get?
It's missing a world class shut down line. their general pursuit is good, they close the gaps quickly, but Crosby had too much space out there. Easier said than done I know but you can't give that line that much space.
Really on 2 plays Sidney is virtually alone against Halak. I know it's tough without last change but c'mon, these are the Pens.
Markov and someone like Subban (when he's ready), then move Gill.
A big second line center who can skate and has a brain like Jordan Staal (good luck).
I don't like any of our second line options right now. Lapierre is a third liner and Pax is too young. D'Ags is not ready. AKost needs to join his brother and get them going in Hamilton together. Latendresse can't skate - third liner.
A fourth line center with size who can skate and has a mean streak.
Some more seasoning for the goalies, or else make a deal for Dan Ellis or someone.