I'm convinced that DL is still looking to sign a top 6 forward. The reported offers made to Elias are evidence of that.
As I look at the list of available FA the name Shanahan certainly sticks out. The guy is exactly the type that DL likes. He's still very effective, could be had for relatively cheap, and showed great chemistry with Cammy during the WC's.
Original specualtion had Shanny going to Boston, but it doesn't appear that the Bruins have much money left. They already have Chara, Zhamnov, Murray, and Savard signed to big contracts.
So what do you guys think? Is Shanny a possibility?
Blake, Shanahan, and Lubo ripping one-timers with Cammalleri controlling the half wall could make for a hell of a PP unit.
Too bad Parrish won't be around to be the front man. Dustin Brown is willing, but probably not yet able...
I actually thought Brown was quite effective the few times he was on the PP last year. He did a good job of parking himself infront of the net. Nearly half of his goals came on the PP. It's too bad AM didn't give him much of a chance.
Edit: I just took a second look at the stats and noticed that Brown had more PP goals last season than both Frolov and Conroy.
That's pretty impressive considering the limited amount of time he got on the PP.
Nik, I'm with ya on Shannahan and Nolan (for me in that order), but either one would be a very good addition for the reasons you spelled out.
It might be just me, but Guerin has always struck me as a bitter, cranky guy who benefitted greatly from his centers and is best suited for the old NHL. He proved part of that right all last year. If I'm a GM, I'd say no, but I'd be interested in the consensus.
I'd like Shanahan out of the remaining UFAs. Who cares if he's up there in age? He scored 40 goals last season. If he manages only 25 next season, I'd be happy. The best thing about him, though, is that he exemplifies a winning attitude and would be the perfect role model for Cammalleri, O'Sullivan, Brown and Kopitar.
Johnjm22, that's a very good point that you bring up about the Bruins probably not having the money left to sign him.