The bottom 6 is definitely much thinner than it has been in previous years, Sutter's a good young player but his line is never going to be the workhorse that was the Cooke - Staal - Kennedy line. In an ideal world Pens would bring in top 6 winger to push Dupuis to the 3rd line (or at least have the option). That doesn't seem likely to happen this year with the cap and it looks like they'd have to develop their own or trade for one.
Bottom 6 weak or not, you have to spread out your assets. You cant have all stars at all 12/13 forward positions, all 6/7 D, and goalies. You have to give somewhere to buff elsewhere. That is the whole point of the cap, to at least somewhat level the playing field.
I think Berglund/AP makes more sense, both hockey-wise and speaking practically.
Then you're alone on your island. We need forwards, not another Norris caliber D (we already have Letang).
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And hell, for good measure, if we got Malkin, we could probably package a forward and prospect for another top-4 d-man if we wanted.
I'm not proposing trading Petro at all, but this is Evgeni Malkin. Quit being short-sighted.
Well for starters, the difference between this defense with and without Petro is massive. Shattenkirk isn't ready for top pairing minutes. Secondly, there was a second proposal that was awful that most of us were responding to. Thirdly, we'd have a hard time affording Malkin's salary. And I'm not just talking salary cap wise.