With a bunch of guys down in Hershey who can at least fill the role of depth player, we don't need to make some fill-in measure. The deal for Kono would have gone forward even if Kariya not gotten injured.
I think it's probably more important to have the players that we do have getting used to playing with each other, even if it's not the top squad we can put out. We have a pretty spankin' third line once Kariya gets back and Kono drops down. Nice.
only deal I'd like to consider is to somehow trick someone into taking Skoula for a defensive defenseman. Other than that, last nite was a pretty good effort and I think Konowalchuk with Nikolishin will be a good third line.
It would be nice to see Worrell actually suit up in the regular season and get a shift. That would be like a trade in itself.
Konowalchuk Nikolishin Hinote should be a good 3rd line . Niko and Hinote seem to have good chemistry so far . Did Kono and Niko play together in Washington ?
I think these three make a very strong 3rd line. All three will see spot time on the top two lines as Granato sees fit. All are versatile.None lights the lamp too often. All are physical and are not afraid to leave a little blood on the ice. Now if we can get that last line crankin!
K-chuck and Niko had great chemistry together for the Caps and I am sure that was a factor in the trade.