Could GMDP simply stay the course with this roster? With Pekka possibly coming back to stabilize the '30 seconds after goal', it seems like a possibility!
Not trading any of our veterans or underperformers could give us the roster we need to compete in the playoffs, provided they pull it together enough to actually make it in and continue to improve their play as a group.
Legwand is the only meaningful player to the offense not signed through next season. Could Cullen actually start to produce a bit more? Fisher? The defense is still missing Klein but could come have come together over the break (something they talked about working with MDZ over the break)...
Is there a trigger man besides Smith on the team? Horny could start one of his streaks that has been missing for a while if we can find more a player other than Smith with an itchy finger to draw some of the attention that so many teams place in the slot on us (we are that predictable right now.)
A smaller pickup like Jokinen or Fleischman could provide that although I think those guys will be considered a bigger move...
Could there be a contract swap out there that gives us what we need? Doubtful, although, getting a stay-at-home "D-man" in return for one of those provides nice consolation prize for the salary dump.
No? What say you?