Jun. 17, 2016
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I have come around on Chiarot (half retained) for a 1st. If Nurse is out at all longer than 2-3 weeks, Chiarot would be not just for a playoff run, but helping the backend not collapse mid season. With Koekkoek out, Russell plays more, which usually leads to Russell getting banged up. Keith is already banged up too, and even if not out long, playing 25 mins a night he is sure to keep getting sore and miss more. Broberg is looking nice, but playing him 20 mins or more could be quite bad for his development imo, that's intense. At this point, with the team when playing well poised to make that pick in the late part of the 1st round, I would be happy to send it for Chiarot at half price. Just my take though. Chiarot's value being not just a playoff piece, but a regular season patch up as well, makes it probably worth it. If McLeod is starting to produce by the deadline, then could be fine. Otherwise, should go and get a 3C rental that can give dependable offence. I think Kassian and Foegele, on average, would hold their own or overpower other 3rd lines with a somewhat offensive C in the middle (I'm talking .4 to.5ppg).
4th line could use an energy guy (Archibald?). Holloway, if he is healthy and has had a dozen games or so in Bake, could also take the ace of Benson/Perlini to give a better checking option.
On D, should get a big tough LD for the playoffs to play with Barrie 5v5. Nurse-Bouch, Keith-Ceci, Trade-Barrie should do fine.
At goal, just depends on who is hot. Nice to know Skinner is a real NHL option. Maybe there will be a trade for a proven playoff starter(who isn't 40 and injury prone), but with what seems like 3 decent goalies, might be fine to just roll into the playoffs with who is hot.