That leaves the following having nowhere to go (unless we swap out with someone above): Perreault, Smithson, and Fiddler.
Here, Weber and Allison are trying to get playing time as well.
Do Poile and Trotz think that we are ready to contend this year if we can upgrade our center position and be more physical defensively? I think they do. I think they want to see if Weber can be that physical presence over the next few weeks until the trade deadline. If so, what defenseman does that bump? Does Eaton become our 7th dman while Allison is sent down? Is a center and a physical dman enough to be a legimate contender for the cup?