Greetings from the guy from Germany ;-)
I just looked over our entire D on capgeek.com again and wondered how the pairings might look if the season started today.
I will asume that Gus gets resigned and that Pronger will be back on LTIR.
So that means we have nine guys:
to fill the six spots.
so what could the combinations be?
on first view I'd say
Timmonen - L. Schenn
Coburn - Streit
Meszaros - Grossmann
Timmonen - Voracek (it worked just to good to get split up)
Meszaros - Streit
Coburn - Grossmann
Timmonen - L.Schenn
Get Gus in there anytime someone gets injured (which may be a major concern with both Mesz and Grossmann) and give him a little more time to develop. He should take Kimmos rosterspot in the top 6 next year.
I like Bourdon but with so much competition I don't think he will be with the big club this season.
Gervais can fill that 8th D-man roll that last season proved to be necessary.
I would say this is actually a decent enough D, but it is mindblowingly expensive obviously (abour 22,8Mio).
So what could be changed around?
IF Meszaros gets traded (which I think is highly unlikely due to numerous reasons expressed here before) Gus can fill his role perferctly where I've put Mesz.
Gervais move 1 up in the depth chart and Bourdon could be an emergency call up.
If Homer and (wether he has a say in this or not I'm not sure) Lavy feel, that Gus deserves to be a fulltime NHLer and want to clear a spot for him and get some more capspace for the F and Gs that we badly need, that could opt to waive Mesz, which would get him of the books much more likely than finding a tradepartner for him.
All in all I have to admit, that I like what we have at the back end right now (execpt for the pricetag), which I can not say about the F-group (which I will be writing about later or tomorrow, it's already evening here in Germany).
So see you then and feel free to comment and rip my pairings apart =)
(but remember I live waaaaaaaay out of town and can't whatch a whole lot of games in full lenght because it's usally around 2 a.m. where I live when the games start, and I sometimes have to work the next morning.)