Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Roster Pretty Much Set

One week into free agency, and the Wild roster is more or less full. Here's a breakdown by position:

LW
Brunette
Parrish
Nolan
Veilleux
Boogaard

C
Koivu
Sheppard
Belanger
Pouliot

RW
Gaborik
Bouchard
Miettinen
Weller

D
Burns
Johnsson
Schultz
Zidlicky
Skoula
Bergeron
Reitz
Foster *will start on IR

G
Backstrom
Harding

There's been a lot of talk about a lack of depth at center, but I feel like LW is a bigger question mark. There's a question mark over really each of the guys at that position, and at least at center the question marks are over recent first-round draft picks. Yes, a bona fide top 2 center would be great, but that would have to come via trade at this point - and we all know how afraid DR is to pull the trigger on a meaningful trade.

According to Russo, this roster carries a cap hit of just over $53M, leaving DR $3M and change to play with as the season unfolds.

I think the RWs are pretty solid, with nicely defined 1st through 4th line roles.

If anything, I think the defense is better (on paper) than it was last season.

I'm looking for Harding to earn half the starts this season.

NiNY

1 comment:

Cortney said...

I would love to see Harding start in half of the games this year! Soooo excited for the schedule to come out next week!