Miettinen at some point would have been interesting, but signed in the KHL, IIRC.
Palmieri is one of the likely solutions. Beleskey, Palmieri, Sexton, Smith-Pelley and Etem will all battle for that spot in preseason.
At this point, I believe that we need a fourth liner more than a 3rd liner. As it has been discussed on our boards, Sjostrom is a guy that would fit. Maybe a fourth line center in addition to that (preferably one that wins faceoffs), otherwise Macenauer could slot in there.
He's not too expensive, and there's been some rumored interest in him around twitter. He's a possibility, especially if our camp is underwhelming for a few of our expected solutions.
I'm not sure about that. $2m is quite a lot for what he would bring to the table there, in my opinion. But I guess it depends on what Carlyle will want from that 3rd line. I personally don't see him as a great fit with Cogliano and MacMillan. But I haven't seen too much of him recently, I will admit.
I think Murray is keeping the 4th line center option open for a rookie. That's why I emphasize why we need a veteran presence in our bottom six, specifically the 3rd line.
Not sure about that. The only rookie that could reasonably center a 4th line is Macenauer. Maybe they are sold on him, but other than that? Bonino doesn't play a fourth line game, I don't really see them wanting to use him there unless all else fails miserably, and they are forced down that route.
With MacMillan and Cogliano on the third line, I don't really feel like that would so much require a veteran presence. MacMillan plays responsibly, so does Cogliano, and both - especially the latter - bring some experience with them. I don't really see it as a situation where a coach would be very uncomfortable without an additional veteran presence. Not ruling out that Carlyle/Murray feel differently, obviously, but it would take a veteran with some decent upside to just slot him in there over the talented kids that could fit in there. The fourth line, even - or rather especially - with a rookie center being an entirely different matter.