WIth the defense struggling somewhat during the team’s 1-5-1 preseason debacle, GM Paul Holmgren has decided to add a little insurance today. Well, actually, it’s big insurance, as the 38-year old Gill stands at 6-foot-7. His arrival means that the blueline becomes all the more crowded with Timonen, Streit, Schenn, Coburn, Grossmann, Meszaros, and Gustafsson all on one-way contracts (Bruno Gervais was recently waived). Does this move mean that a trade is on the horizon? Or will the franchise attempt to become cap compliant by tucking some salary in the minors?
It will certainly be interesting to see how the final roster looks come tomorrow night’s opener against Toronto. 19-year old center Scott Laughton still hasn’t been sent back to juniors and his competition for the 4th line center spot, Adam Hall, was recently waived and should be heading to the Phantoms (unless claimed). Because the organization is still a few hundred thousand over the cap limit it will be interesting to tell whether some of these moves are purely for the sake of the cap compliance.
Either way, it appears as if the orange and black have chosen their extra defenseman. But will Meszaros be traded? Will Laughton remain with the club all season? Is Michael Raffl nothing more than an AHL-NHL tweener? Come tomorrow night we’ll have a better understanding of where this roster stands. And what the team looks like as a whole.