I'm getting to the point where I can't watch this team anymore. Besides losing 2 games in one week to the Columbus Blue Jackets, they lost at home yesterday to the Anaheim Ducks, scoring 1 goal. 1 flippin' goal. Between periods I switched over to the Rangers-Bruins game and rediscovered what an exciting hockey game looks like.
But as I've pointed out before, the future is brighter. Some of the players on the current roster will not be around next season; be it trade or non-renewed contracts. I think we can bank on the fact that Marek Zidlicky and Greg Zanon will both be gone, along with a few others. Here is how I envision next season's roster:
Heatley - Koivu - Granlund
Setoguchi - Larsson - Bulmer
Brodziak - Cullen - Johnson
Clutterbuck - Kassian - Powe
Scandella - TBD
Schultz - TBD
Prosser - Spurgeon
You'll see I'm leaving off some players that I don't think are NHL talent at this juncture. Stoner, Falk and others need some more time in Houston (or somewhere else) in order to be on a playoff-ready NHL team. I've also left Josh Harding off the roster, as it's my belief he will be dealt by the trading deadline.
You can also see the team is in need of top-end defensemen. Hopefully they can acquire one via the Harding trade and acquire another one via free agency. And while I love Zack Parise's game, I'd rather use that money towards a Number 1 blueliner like Shea Weber. (*)
(*) Yes, I'm allowed to dream.