On the night before #Parisewatch could come to a close I am inspired to lay out an opening game lineup look with explanation. I submit these ideas without the benefit of much information given that it is July 3rd but going to lay it out now.
OPTIMAL OPENING DAY LINEUP
NOTE:Dream scenario Wild land Paise and Suter in free agency I think Clutterbuck could be traded for a defensemen. The Mitchell signing seems to allude to such a move but also Clutterbuck holds maybe the most trade value of any current NHL player on the roster the Wild would be willing to part with. Cullen is a veteran presence but is not a second line centerman option and is more of specialty type and really would only have value at the trade deadline. Bouchard is also obviously a huge question mark as he maybe should retire but will not. Bouchard flashes brilliance at different times and is as fragile as any player in the NHL. Making $4/mil and in the last year of his deal its very hard to see any team willing to take him in trade let alone give up anything of value. Also youngsters Zucker, Bulmer, Larsson, and Phillips are all knocking n the door. Powe is as good as gone. I think Zucker and Bulmer could be on the roster and used in a hot hand situation between 3rd and 4th line depending on injuries and clutterbuck/bouchard stuff just dont think they end up strictly 4th line guys and they will place Kassian in the lineup for specific situation games. If wild are chasing a defensemen wonder what it would take to get bogosian outta winnepeg? Wild need a defensmen functional in all areas but able to destroy guys that camp out and cycle(Sedin Brothers)
Just my thoughts!