Hes injury prone but Karyia was signed after a big injury and worked out ok. He fits the grit mold DP and Trotz are looking for he can score if hes healthy. His salary was 1.25 last year and is still unsigned. Heck its worth a shot to invite the guy to camp. If he plays 40 games he will have more points than Smith playing 82..
This. Lattendresse, Mueller, Omark, Grabovski, etc. are all guys that would have been nice to have, but we simply don't have space.
While true if he could be had for a mil after a good camp invite hes worth the chance. We have a couple options to make room for a player that has played top 6. MAny will not like the options but if it makes a better team put FF in Milwaukee and use as a first call up. Beck could spend another period as well. Smith could be waived at the end of camp if he does not show dramatic improvement. Spaling could be scratched to make room. There are options, at this point this team can not afford not to take a chance on at least one forward. The group currently signed will not get the team where it needs to be. We once again face a training camp and the start of a season with a glut of 3d and 4th line talent. We have little proof that Wilson or Borque will excel on top lines. Potential yes but no proof, the same can be said for FF. Putting FF in a must perform situation may well ruin him. Perhaps it is just getting close to the start of the season but I abhor the thought of going into March with most of the people here "TANKING" for a pick. The time is now to make an adjustment, the few FA's left will be in Europe and we will be saddled with players that are unproven or not ready or playing on a line that is above there talent.
The funny thing about Beck is I agree that he belongs at this level but because of his waiver status, he probably gets sent down unless he lights it up at camp. To me, that sucks because here's a kid who's earned a spot yet is the odd man out because of the "business" side of hockey. I think at the end of the day you put the best players on the ice that give you the best chance to win on a nightly basis. If Beck is one of those guys, he needs to be here and not in Milwaukee. And honestly I hope Smith breaks out because once the old guard at center start retiring or moving on, we need him up the middle with Wilson and Watson as our top 3 centers. That is our future if things turn out right. If they don't, Poile will address it but I can see that as the plan as of now. Also, see Spaling in the number 4 hole or even possibly the 3rd line role if need be.
Im not convinced that Beck is second line material at this point but for sure he deserves to be on the big team. The big problem is that as fans accept that Beck could play 2nd line for us right now. The same should be said for Borque they are still young guys and would be better suited for a year on a NHL 3rd line. But out of necessity we must hope they play a line or two above there current level and be successful at it. his is the sole reason Latendresse would be a no brainer, he has the top 6 experience and there is potential he could have a good year. He cold be signed for mil, at this point the team is overpaying a number of players compared to what they are worth. Something has to happen soon especially in the back-up goalie area. Most of us are scratching our heads wondering what this team will look like in 4 weeks. The team is marginally better at best over last years squad. Hopefully there will not be as many injuries as last year but there will be injuries, there always are. DP needs to find a couple bargin deals.