This is the last im going to talk about Parise, because I think we should try to focus our off season thread on more then him and Suter. Ive heard NJ ownership doesnt know if they can pay because of their bankruptcy problems. This could make it a little more interesting.
Ill address each position at who I would like to see us potentially bring in or go.
With bringing in Granlund (which all signs point to he will be signed after worlds) we finally have a second line center. Im stealing this from an ESPN column but I would expect at least 40 A's and 15-20 G's.
Christenson- I wouldnt mind signing him to a budget 1 year deal just because of potential and I think given an entire off season to learn and be with the guys he could be a nice 3rd liner who can play top 6 due to injury.
Cullen- I would like to see us trade him for value. It would create more cap room and a roster spot in case someone like Phillips or Larsson comes over and really impresses.
PMB- I would like to trade him, but he has no market value. The best thing to do would be get him healthy and get him showing good signs again and then take what we can get or trade him for a different under performing player.
Semin- Im not sure, but we need offense so desperately if we flunk the Parise venture we should maybe see if a 1 yr loaded contract to give him a chance see what happens and to keep him from bolting to the KHL
Hudler- Also plan B to not getting Parise. He has shown a lot more this year on Detroit and is getting better and better a little at a time. Although I think he stays in Detroit.
Andrei Kostitsyn- I dont know if the Preds can afford him since they will have to pay a lot of players like his brother next year and have a lot of players to pay this year. Probably a better all around player then Hudler
Travis Moen- Good third line player would bring great size and PK ability.
Bulmer+Zucker- Also could be 3rd and 4th line guys.
Brandon Prust- We need a tough guy that can actually play some hockey, and Prust can do both well.
Charlie Coyle- Could also be in the C area, im not sure if he will make the team right out of the gate but there is that chance. He is a monster of a kid, destroying with the Sea Dogs right now and is a future top 6, I just dont know if we rush him into that unless he really impresses.
Brad Boyes/Milan Hejduk- I put them together because im not sure about either, but maybe they could come in and play on the second line and produce.
Gui- I would like to sign him to a low budget 1yr deal play him on the second or third line and see what he can do. His final curtain call.
I also would mind Lee Stepniak
Dennis Wideman- I dont think he gets re-signed with the caps, and considering they are already against the cap ceiling need to pay Carlson, Green and Alzner next year or the year after. Would provide some offense from the back end, would be a nice veteran presence.
Matt Carle- See above except Philly
Bryan Allen- Yes please, big shut down D man
Obviously Scandella,Falk,Prosser and Spurgeon will be back. All good things, but we need more offense from our defense and I think adding one of the first two would help.
Jonas Brodin- I think he comes over and competes, but he needs time in the AHL to bulk up if nothing else. Extremely high hockey IQ, can shut people down with angles and foresight, just needs to work on passing and using his body. Want him to round into a 2 way Lidstrom type D just of course I never expect him to be that good, he just has the tools to mold like him.
Later in the season depending on where we are trade Backstrom or Harding make room for Hackett.
I would love Murray or Reilly and I think there is a chance one falls to us with the teams in front of us needing to appease there fans and take the big names of the draft. But if Forsberg/Galy/Grigor fall to us you almost have to take them. With none of that happening more then likely I would like us to take Dumba, maybe Teuvo Teravainen kid has high end speed and a elite skillset, he is small so he needs to get bigger but isnt afraid of the physical side of the game. But I would love to see us trade up for Reilly or Murray or if they slide to us that works too.
So add, critique or say some players you would like us to go after.