Paul Stastny. Decent centerman, moves the puck well, young.
There's talk that Stastny could be on the market. Would the Red Wings pursue him?
I think they should. If you look at the Red Wings over the next few years, they're going to be weak in the middle. Tatar and Nyquist are projecting as wingers. Emmerton isn't proving to be more than a 3rd liner, 2nd if the wings paired with him are strong, but the Red Wings are a team traditionally strong up the middle. Yzerman, Federov, Larionov, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Draper, Lang, etc. All we have now is Helm for the future.
Stastny is only 25, signed for $6.6M through 13/14. He comes from a respectable hockey family, plays hard, and knows how to get his teammates involved. He isn't known as being a strong 2 way C, but he's not known as being a slacker either. He'd be a perfect 2nd line Center for the next couple years and be top line when Dats starts to slow down. He would keep Helm at the 3rd line which strengthens the middle for 3 lines. Strength we desperately need right now.
Here's how I see the lines for this year:
Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Holmstrom
Filppula - Stastny - Franzen
Eaves - Helm - Cleary
Abdelkader - Emmerton - Bertuzzi
I don't know who we'd move for Stastny, but whomever it is, Hudler would have to be part of the deal. Abby or Mursak possibilities as well. Colorado isn't going anywhere this year, so they probably want younger players and draft picks.
In 2 years I could see our F lines looking something like this:
Zetterberg - Stastny - Nyquist
Datsyuk - Helm - Tatar
Filppula - Emmerton - Mursak
Abdelkader - Andersson - Eaves
Keeping 2 Centers on the top two lines allows the Red Wings to have 2 faceoff men on both those lines. It seems we get dumped from the circle a bit too often. It will be key in the playoffs. Both of these sets of lines allows the top two lines to stay strong while the bottom two can provide more than enough scoring power while growing future talent.
I don't think Stastny is all world talent, I don't think he can stay healthy enough, but playing alongside Dats, Z, Helm and the rest will give him a chance to play with other playmakers. They each will make the rest better.