Which teams? Islanders? No playoff teams I can think of.
Emelin and Subban are not players who stand in front of the net and win the battles that you need to win to be successful. That type of player is not on the Habs roster. Tinordi could be one of those players down the road but not now. They need help there in my opinion but Bergevin would certainly know defense well. We'll see what he does.
LA Detroit Buffalo Calgary Vancouver Edmonton Winnipeg Colorado Phoenix Tampa bay just to name a few
That's certainly an upgrade on last year but most likely not a playoff team. If we can bury Gomez and get a Semin, Jagr, or Doan for $4-5m(or even Parise, though that's unlikely and would cost too much to add the next thing) and a $3-4m 2nd pairing defenceman to allow Emelin to play fewer minutes we could definitely make it in as a 6-8 seed. For example,
I hope we will give Diaz a chance. No thanks to UFA dman at this point. Altern Kaberle and Diaz throughout the season. The guy can develop into a very good player I feel.
I was a huge fan of Moore, I'd be happy to have him back. Semin... not so much. Jagr and Doan would be great additions though.
Haha I just totally forgot about Diaz, I agree that he's got some good upside and I'd like to have him next year but I feel if our goal is to make the playoffs we'd be better off getting another top-4.
Also I agree that Nokes is a much more able 4th liner than Gomez but if we have that first line-up on Day 1 I think management would want Gomez to be playing ahead of Nokes
Jeez, the guy was drafted 3 years ago and just played his first pro season, he really doesn't have to be an NHL regular yet...
As a matter of fact a Geoffrion - Leblanc - Palushaj line would be great in Hamilton. And they could work on their deficiencies with an excellent coaching and development staff. In 1-2 years they will look good as 2nd/3rd liners (if they max out their potential)