Is Kelly going to be healthy this season?? And should we really count on Soderberg for anything??
I think this team needs an Iginla. They don't seem like the hard hitting, physical team of the past few years. I think they need a massive upgrade to Jordan Caron, and then need to sit Pandolfo and dress MacDermid. I feel like we are being outhit, and outmuscled on most nights lately.
Problem is this our last year with this roster. The window will be shut for at least a year or two after this year. I think it may have shut after last year, but notice I said may. I happen to agree with you that this team probably has too many holes to contend but I do have some faith in Chia to address those needs.
Bergeron, Seguin, Hamilton, Lucic etc etc... the B's have a bright future... BUT
It's highly likely that next year's team won't be as good as the current team. I just don't know if they can resign Horton, and thus replacing him with Spooner is a (I think) temporary downgrade. I'm not a huge Ference fan, but do we think next year's Krug is more Cup-run ready?
Put Savard on LTIR and you have about 11m to buy: 3 F (1 of which must be top 6), 2 Dmen (a second pairing and a back up) and 2 goalies.
Assume Spooner and Krug are on the team. They resign Rask for 4.5m. Get a back up for 1m. That leaves 3m for 2 reserve Fs and a back up dman.
Go for it this year because next year's team ON PAPER doesn't look as strong.