Without looking at contracts. I could see Buffalo wholesale. Pominville and Vanek, Leopold could help someone. This could be ther year TB deals St Louis or Vinny. NYI with Moulson and Parenteau, prices will be high. Our competition could change in a big hurry
Well, it's a good things they are facing and at least sometimes overcoming adversity now. They need to know how to not just dominate, but weather a storm and come back rather than pack it in. Which they have done too frequently this year.
This. Any word on when he might get in the lineup?
Defense is one area where we need to be better. Also maybe a more proven player for the 1st line. I like Coyle. He shows signs of being a very effective player, but I think he lacks the confidence to do that consistently. At times he seems hesitant. If he can get over that, he'll start producing more. IMO
See the thing is...wide open offenses that have a ton of success in the regular season don't work in the playoffs. So I like our grind it out defensive style to be more successful there and in turn the team be more successful in the playoffs--if we make it--than people might think.
Especially, when we can shorten our lines a bit. Play Suter/Brodin 30 min a game and keep the bottom pairing off the ice as much as possible.
2-7-2 right now against teams currently in a playoff position. Only 1 win in 11 by playing hockey instead of a skills competition. And that's without adversity like significant injuries. They have some work to do to prove they can beat the best.