The more I look at these proposed lineups, the more and more it looks like Zubrus will be traded, at least to me.
Assuming Rolston isn't dealt, it looks like either he or Elias will have to move to right, which gives us Zubrus, Langs, Clarkson, Elias/Rolston, Zharkov, and then I see some people mentioning Tedenby going to RW for awhile to our depth at LW already.
Basically, this team kinda looks like a mess . Waiting to see what it looks like a month from now.
does everyone expect salmella to make the team? i haven't seen much of him since we re-aquired him. last time i saw him he was being carted off the ice actually
I haven´t heard/read anything about his status recently. He hurt his knee in April and went to surgery to repair the torn acl in late May/early June. The recovery supposedly takes at least four months, so he´s going to miss a good chunk from the training camp. Anyway, I doubt he´s fit enough to make the opening night roster coming off an injury that serious.
I believe Salmela will eventually vacate the third pairing and rotate with Fraser and/or Eckford, Corrente. So, assuming Salvador is being moved and no other players are coming in, the outcome isn´t that couraging.
I also assume that Urbom is not making the team outside getting a cup of coffee before going to Albany, since at this point Corrente, Eckford and Fraser are ahead of him since they´ve been in the system for years and are likely to fit into the lineup more quickly than Urbom. But the training camp will eventually show the pecking order and it´s good to have competition for the remaining two or three spots.
On the other hand, if Salvador´s contract can be retained, the defence is instantly better-rounded than without him.
I'd like to see Urbom with Tallinder if he makes the team but I think if Eckford does he would work well with White who can give him some more freedom to play around with the puck and carry it up the ice.
I'd prefer to see Sal stay because he can still play top-4 minutes effectively. At this point, I think it's pretty much a given, Zubrus will be traded. Rolston is unmovable I think and the rest have NTC's. I don't think Lou will force White to waive his. From now on, he has to stop giving them out to his "boys" and only to his top-tier talent. It's coming back to haunt us.
If Urbom does make the team, I think he should play third pairing minutes with Tallinder just to ease in and eventually get top-4 minutes. If that happens, we have to hope White can still eat a ton of minutes effectively. I have a feeling Mottau will be brought back because I don't think 2 rookies will play on the blueline, unless Salmela is ready to go.
Volchenkov - Greene
Tallinder - Urbom/Eckford
White - Salmela/Fraser
Just to add on, I think everyone will get a shot even after camp. We have a glut of NHL ready defenseman. Someone is going to be traded. I'd prefer if it was Fraser or Eckford if he doesn't make the team. He's closer to 30 then 20 and he should get his chance somewhere else. I believe our need for a PMD will bode well for him though if Urbom isn't ready. Then you have Taormina lurking in the backround. 50 points in your rookie pro season is very impressive. I'd like to see him get a cup of coffee as well and was very surprised he didn't last season when we were having trouble with the PP.