This is great news...hearing the aim is to have him back in the next 2 weeks, which maybe could lead him to being in the line up on the road against the Flyers on April 11th. He might be able to get a good 8-10 games in before the playoffs. His return would be instrumental. First, we add some size and it probably allows Murray to focus in getting a top 6 forward at the deadline if that is the avenue he wants to go, as we'll have a lot more depth on defense with Cowen playing. Also, I was worried about him being off for what would have been a year and a half, stunting his development somewhat. This will help big time in that regard.
Would anyone else be interested in a Cowen - Gryba pairing? Cowen would get to explore his offensive side a bit and it would be an absolutely crushing physical defensive pair.
Hell no. Gryba is good but he's not great yet, he's still young. Cowen is coming back from major surgery. They both need to have a decent partner, at least until Cowen gets more comfortable on the ice.
Wiercioch - Gonchar - it's been working, I think they keep them together
Method - Gryba - these two have been playing together too, they stay together
Cowen - Phillips - Philly has played the right side before & could again.
If Ottawa wants more offence Benoit replaces Gryba & if Ottawa plays tougher teams Gryba replaces Benoit. Lundin & Boroweicki are injury replacements.
the cowen-gonchar pair last year was pretty good and that was pretty much fixed last year so I see the stache try it out. Pairing methot and wiercoch(not sure if they play same sides or not) might be good as well since methot is the best Defensive defenseman we have so wiercoch might have an easier time with methot, methot can also skate move the puck a little bit. Finally keep the benoit-phillips pair as the third pair.