Sign: Jared Boll OR Ryan Reaves @ 1.2M, Daniel Winnik OR David Moss (2M-2.5M) for 2 years, basically until Collberg is NHL ready
So basically after all that we need a 3rd line right winger, a 4th line right winger and a top 4 D-man.
Max Pacioretty / Tomas Plekanec / Danny Briere
Alex Galchenyuk / Lars Eller / Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque / David Desharnais / Daniel Winnik OR David Moss
Brandon Prust / Ryan White / Jared Boll OR Ryan Reaves
Jarred Tinordi / P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin / Mark Fayne OR Andrew MacDonald
Josh Gorges / Nathan Beaulieu
1st PP Wave = PK + Beaulieu
2nd PP Wave = Emelin + Gorges (FML) or maybe a forward
it would be nice if we could find a way to keep diaz for our 2nd PP but that would just end up making our d-core too soft, we need to head in a different direction
and obviously we could sign much better players that would allow us to fill those needs but i wanted to keep the changes as realistic/doable as possible
I don't like the fact that Subban would be the only right handed defenseman in your line-up, that would be a sick top 9 tho.
Yeah it'd score a enormous amount of goals with a very solid D. The issue is there are no real standout RHD in the 2014 UFA list, however there are so many great players. I do expect the majority to resign with their clubs as it always happens.
Don't people want to keep Markov? He has been good for the team, might as well keep him until he retires, no? People think that Tinordi/Emelin will be ready next year for our top pairing already?
worse case scenario we can have gorges play with subban instead of tinordi (or a good UFA signing). and were eventually gonna have to call beaulieu up, cant have him play in hamilton for the next 10 years.
next year is going to be the most opportune time for us to revamp our D-core, alot of contracts are gonna be up and theres gonna be alot of good UFA's. our top 9 core is very soft and it'll stay that way for some time, we need to compensate by having a tougher d-core. all we need is 2 PMD anchors for our PP (beaulieu and subban), anything more than that is overkill imo. and emelin is a good 2nd line PP anchor.
we can always keep diaz but then we'd still get bullied by tougher teams, and diaz is a pure PMD (which historically are much more expensive on the UFA market) and hes still relatively young.. he wont be cheap. im not ready to pay diaz 3.5M a year
Forward lines will look similar but the biggest and most important changes will have to be done on the back end. Signing Girardi to 7 year contract would be the most ideal scenario but I don't see think the Rangers are dumb enough to let him walk. Mark Stuart or Seidenberg is a great plan B.