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One more thing - Morin is an eventual top 6 LW, but he needs a little more injury-free time in the A and would be the first call up for that position. And Kruger spends most of the year in the A to learn the North American game and could come up if any center gets hurt. The future for these kids is bright!
Okay, I agree with some of your thoughts, but not all. Smith isn't ready for the first line - he'll be on the 4th, at the RW across from Stahlberg who will get a 1 yr deal less than $1MM. The center is TBD, and 50-50 that it's Johnson. Bolland plays with Frolik and Bickell for an entire season and we're all happy there (and yes, Frolik is on the RW because he's absolute crap from the LW - tons of bad angle shots). On the top line, you've got Kane, Toews and Brouwer (I think he gets a chance and sticks this time), and that leaves the mystery 2nd line of Hossa, Sharp and a 2nd line “center to be named”. My personal favorite is Weiss from FLA, but SCH had a good idea of tendering Berglund from StL and I like that too. That's a damn good forward corps. As for the D-men, I see the top 4 staying the same (and if Lil' Bowman can hold onto Hjammer and still get a solid 2nd line center, that'll be the coup of the off-season). As for the bottom pair, Leddy goes to the A for a year to grow as their #1 and get the minutes he needs, and Campoli plays with a new partner. There, I like Sopel for a bargain contract (so he can come home), but there are plenty out there who could fit that skill set. Scott is your 21st man, and while he’s a good guy, he’s a misfit on this team. Hendry could come back on a 2-way deal since he’s hurt and knows the system. You've got the goalies right, and they're priced right too. Who do you want as the 2nd line center, and what do you have to give up to get him? One more thing - Dave, can't trade Kopy - he's a UFA so he'll walk, and the Hawks better let him do it too.
I agree with most of what you have to say, but I think we're just a little too deep with scoring wingers right now- Frolik found his two-way game in the playoffs, but I don't think he's a 3rd line winger- I'd much rather see Brouwer in that spot, even if he isn't putting up the best numbers. I'd like to see Frolik play LW across from Hossa myself, put Sharpie back on 1st line, and maybe move Ben Smith to 3rd line RW. Even better than that though- trade away the right to Brouwer AND Frolik, maybe Kopy too. There's your second line center.