It's tough. Drewiske is only useful on the bottom pairing because otherwise you start seeing mistakes like Spacek did towards the end.
I would probably get Beaulieu and Tinordi up for the rest of the season and alternate.
I was thinking the same thing. Call them both up. Tinordi can play against the Caps, Beaulieu vs Buffalo. Hamilton's season is almost done anyways. Tinordi and/or Beaulieu is a much better option than either Weber of Kaberle.
Kaberle. For sure. A vet, towards the end of the year and the playoffs, that's what you want. And a solution to end the Gorges-Bouillon misery on PP#2.
The underrated candidate? Watch out for....St-Denis. Unless there's a terrible report on him in Hamilton, he might actually be the safest bet out there. Nothing fancy. Not replacing Emelin's physicality. But another Gorges coming our way, a guy that saw the NHL already. That will keep it simple....towards the end of the season and playoffs? Probably what the doctor orders. That is.....if he really deserved it and does play well. Not sure that this is the reason why they didn't call him before, surely to see what the others had to offer since they know what St-Denis can do. We'll see about that.
Not impressed with St-Denis this season. Not bad but isn't the veteran presence I was hoping for. The problem is that we're going to need a minute eating defenceman and we don't have one that can step up. Maybe Bouillon but again too much of him on the ice will result in bad mistakes.
There are still 10 games before the playoffs, which is an opportunity for Tinordi or Beaulieu to acclimatize a bit and improve their game. Their upsides are higher than anyone we have waiting in the wings. If they don't progress enough, we have experienced Dmen who can be brought in easily, plus Diaz who appears to be healing.
One of Tinordi or Beaulieu is fine with me. Beaulieu isn't small so Tinordi's size advantage isn't that big of a difference. Maybe some PP help would be better. I just hope the injury isn't season ending.