Life under the salary cap puts a lot of NHL team in a similar predicament. You have a franchise player. Maybe even two or three. But who are they going to play with? Who helps them finish?
In New York, with the Rangers, it’s been an issue, since they put so much money into Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, and neither of them really has a decent winger. Larry Brooks urges the Rangers to correct that this off-season.
Over in Pittsburgh, the Penguins could find their big centers, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, playing without Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa, their big wingers. And don’t forget. Pittsburgh is trying to hold together a club that still seemed a piece or two from having the ability to win the Cup. They need some kind of space to add those players, too.
Out in Colorado, they’re trying to figure out if an important piece of their team will return: Joe Sakic, who might be mulling retirement. Teammate Ryan Smyth is hoping Sakic will return for another year. As is pretty much every hockey fan in Denver. Maybe Sakic’s holding out for a spot on Sidney Crosby’s wing. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what people are thinking.