This is not a thread to bash how we have gotten into this situation. It's a thread with ideas on how to get out.
Personally, I think getting healthy is the only way. Lou has pretty much exhausted all resources. That trade deadline grinding forward normally brought in? Well we have about ten guys that can play that role. I firmly believe the loss of Zubrus is huge, just for the trickle down effect on the depth.
For the defense, I'd like to see six guys consistently play every night but it looks like that just isn't going to happen. Brodeur back is going to be a big calming influence I do believe though. Also, I think the Salvador - Zid pairing is just a terrible idea. Zidlicky is a player that swings the puck around, I'd like to see him with another D who has a heavier shot. Perhaps Greene, or even Fayne, who is more inclined to jump into the offense. I'd say less than 50% of the time, when Sal shoots the puck it gets to the net. He's never in a good shooting position and has a bad shot. By the time he gets one lined up, people are in the lanes.
I'm tired of seeing a random forward called up as well. Pesonen is garbage and has no business in a second line role. JJ is a much better player and needs to be back soon. CBGB was thrown together late in the third and kept pressuring the Rangers in their own end. Love them or hate them, as a fourth line they are pretty damn good. Problem is, we are playing them like a third line with the lack of depth we have.
How much longer is Zubrus out, that's the real question. If we can right the ship and at the least start getting the bounces, I think we could be a damn good team come playoffs.
Henrique Zajac Kovy
Elias Lokti Clarkson
Zubrus JJ Poni
Carter Gionta Bernier
Obviously, you could play around with the lines a bit. And that's the thing really. Right now we are so thin, you can't even play around with the lines. Zajac NEEDS to get going