Apologies for the late post. The Chronicle staff had to attend the funeral of Billy Mays today.
Now then. It's a fact, A FACT, that either Lehtonen or Pavelec is going to be traded in the next few days, for either a top-six forward or a top-four defenseman.
If we get the top-six forward through trade, we'll get the top-four defenseman via free agency. And vice versa.
Not sure who we can market Lehtonen or Pavelec to. Actually, I do. Detroit, Colorado, Edmonton, possibly Chicago (eager to shed Khabibulin's contract, them*) would be takers. Who could we a-get from any of these teams?
Not sure if Lehtonen is enough for the likes of Paul Stastny, but my it'd be nice. Pavelec would easily get us Polish noble Wojtek Wolski. Detroit might hand over Valtteri Filppula or Jiri Hudler, either of whom would be splendid. Hudler is a fine goal-scorer, and he'll only get better with time, but he MAY not be our guy if we're looking for size. Filppula seems like an unimpeachable choice: imagine him centering the Czar and Bryan Little. Then there's Red Wings prospect/occasional player Ville Leino, a great forward who nevertheless can't find room on the Marian Hossa roster.
Speaking of size up front, there's always free agency. The main prizes here, in my opinion, would be Mike Cammalleri and Nik Antropov. You all know about Cammalleri, right? He'd be amazing, but if we can't get him, Antropov is exactly what we need: a huge (6'6, 230 lbs., BIG) guy, a scoring forward who tallies 20+ goals every season but could probably reach 30-something under John Anderson, can play both center and right wing. He's my choice in the (highly likely) event we can't grab Cammalleri.
We shall take this conversation further tomorrow, into the realm of defensemen. In the meantime, what do you kids think about this top six forward business?
*This is typical blog wickedness. As it happens, Khabibulin is a UFA, so Chicago doesn't even care about him anymore! THAT is the truth!