if we get rid of Rolston/Clarkson some how, i'd actually like to give Steve Bernier a look. He busted his tail during his short stint with the Sabres and plays with a lot of grit but has some skill to actually contribute [like clarkson used to]
I liked Bernier a lot more before I got to watch him on TV. Guess I liked the idea more than the actual player. From watching him play, he strikes me as an Erik Rasmussen-type...without the consistency.
If he fought more or played a rougher game, he'd be a cheap replacement for someone like Clarkson. But he's not as rough, he doesn't fight as well, and he doesn't seem to work as hard consistently (even if Clarkson's the antithesis of "don't work harder, work smarter" at times).
Back to Salmela, I still wouldn't rule re-signing him for less than the QO as others have suggested. But it's clear now that his ceiling is very limited...and I'll personally always chalk it up to that devastating hit he took against the Flyers. At least he gave us that goal against the NYI in OT. Probably the biggest moment of his NHL career so far.