Re: The Kelly problem
posted at 3/7/2013 11:30 AM EST
How bout this? Trade for a Grade "A" talent with prospects/draft picks. Move Seguin to Center, his natural position and put him with whatever Grade "A STUD" talent that was obtained, and then have 3 lines of offense, and one line of checking.
Line 1: Lucic, DK, Horton
Line 2: STUD, Seguin, ????
Line 3: Marchand, Bergeron, Peverley
Line 4: Kelly, Campbell, Paille, Thornton, CBourque
Lines 1-3 are interchangeable and you always match up Bergeron's line against the other team's best unit. This would be a major shift for a team that is in first place, however, something needs to be done about the third line. Yes, the easier thing to do is to just trade for someone to play on the third line, BUT you still have the Kelly issue at center. I always liked Kelly, but I do think he already hit his peak last year and is now on in the midst of his decline.