We have a couple of players that could make the roster(Winchester, Nikulin, etc.) and Neil is basically trade bait for a d-man.
Phillips - Volchenkov
Meszaros - Smith
Kaberle - Lee
That would be solid.
And where would Schubert play? I know Schubert sometimes makes dumb mistakes but we need to try him on defense for more than 2-3 games. He is a very good skater, a hard shot and throws some big hits. His puck skills are good considering he will play on our bottom pairing.
Our PK Unit #1:
Pk UNIT #2:
Jason Smith - Christopher Schubert
Lee and Meszaros get more of an offensive role......That's how I hope it turns out to be. Meszaros, sometimes, plays like Redden style and that is not suitable for penalty killing. I want Lee to get a chance and develop into an all round defenseman but for next year, it will be good to have him on #2 PP unit and ES time.
EDIT- I think Murray is done his job on defense [except for maybe packaging Vermette + Meszaros into something but Williams signed in Atlanta so looks like Vermette will stay] ; I just hope Meszaros and Vermette gets signed and we find a top 6 forward [another] out of something.......