Is that going to put this team in the playoffs? (Plus Backstrom I guess)
Depends on the types of players we get....
3 for Zubrus probably wont work. We will probably settle for a guy like Lang (an older version of what we used to have) for that or go slightly less for a scrub like Stumpel.
That leaves the amount you speak for a dman....if we get Hannan for that then it will help offset the downgrade of losing Zubrus. If we are talking Vishnevski for around $2.5 then we wont really be a playoff team.
We need a legit 1st pairing dman and a legit top center should Zubrus leave. Not sure if:
A) We have the budget for it
B) The players we need are out there (more if we lose Zubrus)
C) If our GM is capable of persuading those players to play here