Really, this has got me thinking. Not much else to do when I'm up and everyone's sleeping!
I'd like to revise the trade a bit to make Pittsburgh bite on it. It's a good deal for them. It also set us up better. Hold onto your butts!
The Trade: Weber AND Erat for Malkin. Yes, both. Why? Money and team space. Also, this is the postulation with a fellow Russian great joining the team, Radulov would come back to play for the Preds. Pens would like it, because when Erat plays with big talent, he starts to play up to that talent and they'd have a big upgrade in defense.
Here's how I would see the possible forward lineup, current injuries withstanding:
Also, with scratches as Klasen, Belak. If Sullivan returns: Klasen gets sent down, Svatos goes to scratch. O'Reilly or Lombardi's return would send down Mueller.
This would give us 2 fairly (very??) dangerous scoring lines, and a "two-way" line and the one solid defensive line we've had for a while.
Defense (at least to start with):
I expect that to change quickly, leave Sulzer in the #7 if someone isn't doing their job.
Goalies need no change, obviously.
Well, there's my crazy thought. I know there's plenty of hate for Rads and doing the two for one trade I mentioned. But, then again...it's just so crazy, it just might work.