Let me preface by saying that I know how unpopular "armchair GMing." I'm not implying that I could do a better job than PC (I love PC), just having a bit of fun fantasizing while Im bored at work. Remember: this is a fantasy.
I would try very hard to trade for Ryder. Dallas continues to underwelm. Usually , when teams fall out of contention, they make their 30+ yr olds available. I am speculating that for the right offer, Ryder can be had. We would have to part with a lot for the 35 goal scorer; however, I'm willing to.
I would offer a 2nd round pick, Sauve and Tommy Cross to start (I would be willing to give even more than this; however, this would be my initial offer). Not 100% sure, but I think we have the cap room to bring Ryder in (fact check needed).
Line 1: Lucic - Krejci - Ryder
Note: Krejci and Ryder have 2 yrs of experience playing together, and Ryder is a true sniper (an area where we can use some depth). Also: Ryder always raised his game in teh postseason, which is something that shouldnt be discounted. Ryder is picking up where he left off last year (when he scored 35 goals) despite lousy play around him.
Line 2: Kelly - Seguin - Horton
Note: I do not mean to demote Horton, love the guy. I just feel that Seguin could use some physicality on his line to create some space. Also, Horton is a very good shooter who can capitalize on the chances that Seguin is bound to create. I honestly feel that Seguins lack of physicality is a bit exposed at wing. At center, he would be in the dirty areas less and in open ice more. The only downside of moving him to Center is that he would have to be defensively responsible. This is why I have Kelly on this line. Kelly would be the guy who would responsible for getting back, which would allow Seguin to focus on offense. We all know that Kelly is a great defensive forward.
Line 3: Marchand - Bergeron - Peverly
I dont mean this as a demotion to Bergy. I honestly think that line order is overrated. I would play this line as often as the top 2, so its not really a third line. Its more of a defense first (but still with a little bit of offense) line.
Everything else: unchanged.
I just want to reiterate that I only created this thread because I am bored at work and hungover. Just trying to kill a little time. I understand that suggesting a major shake up to a 5-0-1 team is stupid, and I also understand that PC is far better at GM'ing than I. Just fantasizing here. Feedback is welcome.