I hate to say it but I agree that Fayne is probably going to get moved. It's a shame since I'd much rather have him on the team than Salvador, Zidlicky, Volchenkov, and Harrold but he is by far the most moveable. I was kind of hoping he would be a guy that would help bridge the gap between the veteran D they already have and the young D that will come in over the next few years, but I doubt that happens now.
Also agree about injuries. With all the wear and tear Salvador and Volchenkov have, I think there will be plenty of call up opportunities this year.
One thing that bothered me at the time and still bothers me is bring back Zidlicky. I get the sense he is a popular locker room guy but he's garbage at even strength and it's not like he's helped turn around the Devils PP that much. Not to say lack of PP success is all on him, it's on the team and coaches collectively, but I think Gelinas can probably help just as much on the PP as Zidlicky and at least be on the same level at even strength. Would've rather seen the roster spot go to Gelinas and some of that money go to Brunner.
A: Zidlicky is not garbage at even strength - his numbers away from Salvador were quite good
B: Gelinas has 1 game of NHL experience
C: Gelinas's minor league numbers do not suggest a player as offensively skilled as Zidlicky - the assist numbers simply aren't there
D: Two exhibition games aren't enough to crown Gelinas.
If Gelinas had .66 points per game I'd say okay this guy is not only ready for the NHL, he's ready for PP1 duty - didn't exactly happen that way. And there's no safety net if Gelinas can't handle it.