So I ended up picking up a Smith for just under 4k. Managed to find Booth at 2.4k to add to my third line too.
JCFan I was thinking of inquiring about your Backstrom but his price tag is too high for me to take a chance on such low quickness. I've heard only good things about Smith so I'm optimistic that he can be my starter (Peters who has played very well so far moves to backup). God I miss SOTW Lehtonen.
My team now:
Sotw Moulsen - Sotw Backstrom - Hossa
Perron - Kesler(c) - Sotw Grabner
Booth - Bergeron - PA Parenteau
Umberger - Stoll - Helm
Edler(a) - Letang
Hamhuis(a) - Burns
Ehrhoff - E. Johnson
I want to remake my 3rd pairing with Boumeester and another speedy RD TWD (is Shattenkirk any good on D?). I need more speed to slow the rush better.
Then I want to find a RW ply (Pominville, Briere.... Don't know who - I want a bigger 3rd line but one still fast enough to back check after an aggressive forecheck) so I can reunite Raymond, Helm and Parenteau on my 4th.
Got the game (PS3) on the 23rd and wow, HUT has changed a lot.
Taking careers and permanent training upgrades sure does dumb it down a little. I don't miss goalie fatigue, but it made it more useful to have a decent backup.But I'm enjoying it none the less. I'm 11-1 after 12 games, only loss is non-tournament against the TOTW.
My team doesn't compare with some of the juggernauts I've seen on here, but I'm building it mostly with packs bought with pucks, only spent 10$ on packs. A new thing for me is HAVING TO play the auction market to get better players. I got a Zuccarello BIN for 300 pucks and that took care of a weakness on offense I have on the LW sort of. Lost out on many goalies though (Varlamov comes to mind, dropped out at 2250 pucks when I ran out of pucks...and that's after selling some consumables and jersey cards to get more)
Here's my ragtag bunch :-)
Mats Zuccarello-Aasen (80) - David Desharnais (81) - Aaron Palushaj (82)
Joffrey Lupul (85) - Marcus Johansson (83) - Andrew Gordon (80)
Richard Klinkhammer (80) - Ville Leino (83) - Andreas Nodl (80)
T.J. Hensick* (80) - Lars Eller (83) - Jason King (79)
*Off-position, the next best option would be Andy Andreoff (75) so...
Carlo Colaiacovo (83) - Jason Demers (83)
Brandon Smith (81) - Jared Spurgeon (82)
Alexei Emelin (80) - Mark Pysyk (74)
Dov Grumet-Morris (75)
David Leggio (75) *Contract Over, So Instead I Use...*
Spencer Tremblay (66) *...Because, might as well use all the goalies and save contracts if the backup never plays.*
I'll be looking at the auction market for that elusive 85+ goalie, a third RD, and probably a guy on both wings. I'm happy with my centers and LDs, although if I were to get a LD better than Smith, Smith would be kicked out, not Emelin. He's too useful when it's time to injure people.
My game just crashed during a shootout shot against some guy. I had to restart the whole PS3 from the system not from the controller. When i started it over again and won about 600 pucks they didnt come for me, why is that? Any advise would be appreciated thanks.