Cola offered us a seven man rotation in case of injuries. Lashoff is a second pair AHLer on the best day of his life.
I have to believe:
We are looking at all of the guys getting bought out and Holland has an eye on someone OR
What I would like to see; Almquist and Billins getting a shot when injuries crop up, and we use the money freed up to sign Nathan Horton.
I don't even know who the hell Billins is; I think I remember hearing his name during the Calder Cup but that might be a drunken vision/dream.
I can say categorically that Almquist is too small/weak to play in the NHL right now. He will get scored on in a way that will make you long for Kyle Quincey. He's got the brain of a 10 year all star and Napoleon Dynamite's body.
Coleehahacovo wasn't bad in the playoffs, but he's too expensive to be a #7, especially one who can't stay healthy. He was signed to be a top-6 guy, but Kindl's development and Dekeyser's arrival/success has effectively rendered him obsolete. The buyout makes sense.
Khan reported what I was thinking.... the Wings are looking for a vet who can pass through waivers to be their #8/emergency call-up, with Lashoff as the #7. Defense looks set at this point, and I'm fine with it.