Yeah, he would fit, but not at 4.75. That's worse than Dubinsky's contract and we all thought he was overpaid.
~3-3.5 would be ideal.
I asked on the Avs board to see if McLeod would be available. The first response pretty much said "take him". I wonder if the Rangers could move Pyatt for him and play him on the 4th line. I think he would fit in well.
So, Avs fans are pretty much okay with moving McLeod. LW/C. Tough, good along the boards. Good for 6~10 goals and 200 PIM's. I think he would fit in nicely on the 4th line LW. Gives some insurance at center as well with his versatility.
...And what happens if when Miller/Lindberg aren't ready? Or we don't acquire Nystrom or McLeod? Suddenly, we're back to being very weak in the bottom 6.
In the top 6, what happens if Kreider continues to struggle? Or if that 2nd line cant consistently generate offense, which is a very real possibility.
Let me ask you a question - do you think that team could win a championship?
Valid questions. I don't think that's how the team looks come the season opener, it's just a scenario I threw out and I agree with your questions, they're the right things to be asking.
I still think DZ goes at the draft for a top-6 winger, so that bumps Kreider. However, I do think in a new system Kreider will absolutely excel. Torts was trying to make him Hagelin. Kreider is not Hagelin. Their only similarity is their speed, that's it.
Lindberg has been playing in a men's league since 09-10. If he comes to NA, which it is believed he will AFAIK, I think he will absolutely impress. His faceoff skill and two-way play alone might get him a shot to open the season on the Rangers third line. Of course this is a very optimistic view though.
I do think though that you would be hardpressed to find any team out there without a single concern.