Let Steven Stamkos loose already and stop overpaying mid-tier players …
There are a few newsworthy quick hits worth noting to kick things off. A little housekeeping run through the happenings we’ll call it.
Then, there were a couple things on my hockey mind, and we can agree to disagree now.
The Penguins are parting ways with Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff, and they’re aiming to go with a youth movement on defense. Perhaps, they saw how well it worked in Anaheim, especially after the trade deadline, but who really knows.
Here is a quick take, albeit one with the necessary fixings.
The league is faster than ever, and mobile defensemen are paramount. At one point this season, I categorized Pittsburgh’s entire defense corps into three categories: Undersized, slow footed, or inexperienced.
With the approach they’re looking to take, it’ll likely only be inexperienced in 2015-16.
Derrick Pouliot’s offensive vision and creativity always left me impressed when watching him. Ian Cole has upside, too, for deep leagues, as he is capable of chipping in across all categories and isn’t foreign to power-play minutes.
All said, Pittsburgh needs Kris Letang at full health to have any shot at anything more than a playoff berth.