What if Schenn makes a permanent, or at least a long-term move to wing? I think that would be fine. Put him on the wing with either G or Couturier and see what happens. Either way, I think Briere's minutes drop (3rd line) and Couturier's minutes increase (2nd line).
That said....if we can make the cap work I'm good with keeping Briere. I don't want to ship him out....but just because he's not been consistent enough in setting the world on fire during the season with injuries and such and the size of his cap hit......he's the guy we would NEED to move if there is a financial reason to do so. Plus with G, Schenn and Couts up the middle we're fine there.
Could not agree more with the bold, or maybe if Jagr is willing to come back at significantly less than he made this year. If he does come back I could see Lavi just sitting him for 20 or so games to keep his legs fresh for the playoffs.
Jagr is a very tough call......he looked like a rockstar for half the season and everyone was fawning over him to sign an extension and then seemed to fade the rest of the way. That's a concern.........perhaps we just sit briere the first half of the season and let Jags play and then switch them the second half and the playoffs lol
I just think from a practical perspective that Jagr only comes back if Giroux lobbies Lavi and Homer for one more year with him.....but truthfully I think it's an either/or situation for Briere and Jagr...only one will be back but not both......
for all the debate about his best spot though..with G, Schenn and Couts in the mix now this coming year is the year that Briere has to accept playing the wing.