I would bring Connolly in and have him compete with Horcoff for the 3C spot. If he's better than Horcoff then I would get rid of Horcoff. If Connolly ever got injured we could put Belanger in his spot and have Vandevelde/Lander on the 4th line
meh.. would only work in NHL13 ..
Horcoff is this team's captain.. no way to get rid of him esp after knowing what Kruger\Tambo and even Katz think of him.
I really hope they don't plan to keep Paajarvi up if he isn't playing minimum 3rd line minutes. And by the sounds of it, that line is locked in with Harti-Horcoff-Smyth, with Jones likely pushing in somewhere when he is ready to go.
Send Paajarvi down and let him and Lander play top line minutes with lots of PP time in OKC and let them develop properly.
Belanger was brought in to kill penalties and win faceoffs. He did both of those incredibly well, and was probably one of (if not the) biggest reason for the improvement of the PK from the previous season. He was also incredibly consistent in his game with the exception of his offensive production. He wasn't brought in to be a captain of the team despite his experience in the NHL. I don't think he's worn a letter or been in much of a leadership role anywhere he's played, so I'm not sure why you would've expected leadership to be one of his major roles on this team.
This times a thousand. People need to understand that certain guys have "roles" on teams. The Oilers didn't sign Belanger to be an offensive juggernaut. Their PK and FO percentage was horrible. I don't care if Belanger scores 0 goals this year, as long as he helps out in the faceoff and penalty kill department.
I was first amused by detroit fans arguement about getting Bogosian for next to nothing. Panther fans are now saying soon to be UFA Stephen Weiss will get you a first rounder at the deadline. If he had a playoff track record I could see it,but he does it and he lacks that little something extra that teams look for deadline pick up