Edited Sep. 14, 2022 at 9:52 p.m.
You seem to tunnel vision on 2 major things far too much; physicality and right handed shot.
The RHS thing was an issue before we got Toffoli but isn't anymore, especially with the addition of Weegar. For Forwards it's really only relevant special teams.
As for Physicality that's not what makes you good in a Sutter system and it's a very common misconception.
I also completely disagree with your view on Lindholm, he's proven to be a top 15 1C in the league. Moving him back to wing would be asinine. Plus you mention Schmaltz contract being high value for the next 4 years but moved Coronato's who could very easily be much higher value for the same time period.
Yes, Size & Physicality are very important to me, especially in the Bottom-6 and on Defense, but I want it all: Size, Speed, Skill, Energy & Physicality
Do we split Lindholm & Toffoli up and have each play LW on either PP unit or do we use a Right Shot D-Man for the left side Right Shot one-timers down low? I'm not opposed to Weegar or Stone doing that and sometimes wonder if Michael Stone would be a better 4RW lol, but that just doesn't seem realistic. Another Right Shot would be useful, especially on Faceoffs. I like Lindholm, but he's more of a Sniper than a Playmaking Centre and I'm surprised he didn't get more points at 1C to be honest. He did great at RW his first season in Calgary. I'm just saying it'd be an option as would going deeper at Centre and using Schmaltz at 3C and Backlund at 4C, we have sufficient skilled depth at wing to do it (Coleman, Dube & Pelletier)
Flames are in win now mode, so to get 4+ years of a proven player rather than waiting another 1-3 years to see what Coronato can do in the pros is something I think we should consider. Sure he could turn in to something and we'll get good value, but by the time the value is good, CGY's window will likely be closing and at that point we can Trade away Schmaltz & Kadri for a hyped up Coronato like young nhl ready prospect, just like some team will offer to acquire Patrick Kane
I have no issue with players playing on their off-hand and until recently was pushing for Toffoli to play at LW 5on5 and that I believe both Mangiapane & Coleman are better at RW. Kunin & Soucy are Big, Strong, Skilled, Defensively Responsible and can Contribute Offensively; they can do it all AFAIC. Ruzicka & Kylington can't from what I've seen. You won't see either on the PK and Kylington blew his opportunity on the PP last season. With Weegar coming in, I don't see where he gets the same time & opportunity he did last season. Do we want Weegar playing 23mins+ per game!? Soucy would help cut that time down significantly, especially on the PK.
Listen, if all I cared about was Physicality, I wouldn't be pitching trading Lucic away. He brings Toughness & Leadership, but he's too slow and gets lost in his own zone defensively till he finally gets the puck and then he's okay from there. I'm looking for Younger Backlund, Lucic & Toffoli replacements, like Barbashev, Kunin and Garland/Schmaltz who can step in and contribute now. Size & Physicality are just attributes I tend to admire, but they should be fast and skilled too, not like Brett Ritchie who was just Fast and Physical. I also prefer to have two $5-6million 1.00PPG+ players over one $10-12mil/yr players like Pastrnak or Meier. Huberdeau & 1st & 2nd Line Centres being the exception. I'm so glad we didn't sign Gaudreau or Tkachuk to the contracts they received