At this point I think all the Thrashers need are roughly two top six forwards. Ideally that would include a center for the Czar, but at this point I'd be happy with a good finishing right winger to accept passes. I'm not averse to making Erik Christensen our top guy; he's a creative player who seems eager to prove himself, something he'll finally have a chance to do next season.
The arrival of Ilya Nikulin looks imminent, and I think that's super-solid. Nikulin is a damn good stay-at-home defenseman, and what's better he has tons of experience playing with the Czar. If we land Nikulin we won't NEED Jason Smith. The leadership roles on the team are filled by Moose and Kovy...Jason Smith can try his hand in Tampa, though there seems something blasphemous about him donning the Bolt uniform.
At this point, our defense looks like this:
Enstrom (quality puck-mover, fast, great shot, assist-making machine) - Havelid (rock-solid stay at homer)
Hainsey (fast, offensive, like Toby but bigger) - Nikulin (rock-solid and a fine skater)
Bogosian (fierce, offensive, competitive, fiery) - Klee/XLB/Boris Valabik
That might be the best defense we've ever had. Yes, of course you can quote me (in derision or agreement). Best defense we've ever had.
Meanwhile DW really needs to get going on this forward-hiring business. Vermette and/or Demitra, come on down.