The Bruins don't need a ton, but I think we do need a top 6 winger, a 3rd line veteran left wing, and another top 4 dman who can move the puck. The thing about the Bruins is, they have all of those pieces in place but the come with ifs. They'll have that top six winger IF Horton's healthy. They'll have a quality 3rd line LW IF Jordan Caron can improve on last year and get up around the 40-50 pt. range. They'll have that legitimate top 4 PMD IF Dougie Hamilton is all he's cracked up to be and can be legit right now.
But if we can't fill that need, we have a very valuable trading piece in David Krejci whose loss could be absorbed if Tyler Seguin can move into a top 2 C role full time. Oh look at that, another IF
A third line winger who provides leadership, grit and toughness. Preferably a guy who can play in the top 6 in a pinch.
Organizational depth on defense. After Hamilton and to a lesser extent, Krug, we have nothing.
A healthy Nathan Horton. He's the mythical "scoring winger" some fans fret about. He's the 30 goal guy we need, and we drop him into our lineup without giving up a damn thing. People forget how much it hurt our lineup with him missing. It put Rich Peverley in a role I don't believe he should be in, the top 6. He's fine in the top 6 for a week or two, not months.
A healthy Tuukka Rask.
A puck moving defenseman. It's fantasy land for Bruin fans. I think it's an overrated requirement. We need a ****ing quarterback for the powerplay, that does not necessarily the mythical "PMD". A better scheme and more ice for Tyler Seguin would do more for our powerplay then anything else we could possibly add.
I think we are in good shape. After this year we have a bucket of cap room and we are young.
A winger to play with Sid has to be the top priority at this point. Although I feel we can still win a Stanley Cup with the roster we have, as long as Fleury regains his 2009 level and our defense doesn't **** the bed.
Vinny to play like he did before his injuries
Hedman to be the player he was expected to be when drafted
Lindback to become a true #1
If those happen then the south will rise again and the cup will be ours.
In my honest opinion, Minnesota Wild needs only a top 4 Dman with some presence. We have a really deep prospect pool, but we are extremely hesitant to give anything from the prospect pool. I'm sad to say this but Clutterbuck might be available though.
So basically Wild needs a top 4 Dman without giving anything up, is that okay? Clutterbuck is a real fan favourite so that makes trading him kinda tough. There is also the PM Bouchard factor. Can he stay healthy for the whole year? If so, trade at deadline or keep for some extra offense?
Just to entertain me, while posting your teams needs and wants, what kinda top4 Dman could Clutterbuck get in return? Just throw some names around.