I agree. I think this is the first time in a long time where we don't really need more than a handful of vets. Kostopoulos will be brought back and Ebbett, I believe, signed a 2 year deal so he'll be there... Leblond is signed also. Beyond that, I think the rest of the forward and defensive line-up should be kids on ELCs.
I know that there is some concern about whether Kuhnhackl is returning to Germany. (OK concern is probably too strong of a word.) Also what is the status of Machanek? Does he have any more time on his deal?
So next year will it be Hartzell and Murray in wbs or a vet and Murray goes to wheeling?
Probably keep Mannino on and have a battle between Hartzell, Mannino, and Murray for the AHL jobs, well Mannino is likely the default starter, it'd be for the back-up job I would guess, but it would make more sense to start Murray in Wheeling where he could be starter and get a bunch of starts, over Hartzell.
So if das Kuhn goes back to Europe, we can always re-sign Machanek. I am not certain about Seymour. I am doubting he gets signed, but I figured to throw him in the figuring of the roster just in case.
I hope Kuhnhackl doesn't take off, although if it's just to go for a year and be back, I am ok with that if that is the best way for him to get back on track, but I feel it'd be better for him to stay in WBS.
He needs to work on a lot, which is obvious, but unless he's going into a league where the competition is as good or better than the AHL, not sure if he's going to be back then. He definitely needs to work on his skating, playing a more complete game, and bulking up and adding elements to his game that could make him stand out more.
Originally Posted by Jacob
Rust and Marcantuoni have already gotten into games.. I'm thinking Dea will as well. Not sure if Murray will with only 2 games left.
As far as goaltending.. Yeah, they'll sign a vet (like say, Mannino) and just let the three compete for starts.
I wouldn't be surprised if Murray is up with the Pens in their "Black Aces" group and is just the guy they shoot on in practice, but I figure with 3 already up...it's already crowded. So he'll be their Black Ace in WBS behind JDD and Mannino.
Mannino seems like the default #1, it's probably the back-up job that they'd be fighting for next year, which is fine, unless they usurp Mannino, they have to earn it.