Left Wing:
Alexander Semin
Zach Parise
Andrei Kostitsyn
Ray Whitney

Right Wing:
Ales Hemsky
Teemu Selanne
Brad Boyes
Ales Kotalik

These are your “rentals” for potential top 6 wings. Selanne is crossed out due to the duh factor. I didn’t bother including Ryan Smyth. He is allergic to the L.A. lifestyle or at least his wife may be. Remove Boyes and Kotalik because they suck and you have a list that includes Semin, Parise, Kostitsyn, Whitney and Hemsky.

Slim pickings but good players in there.

Any of these players will cost at minimum a 1st round pick and a prospect. From there, Semin and Parise would cost more.

I don’t want Hemsky because Surly’s screams from 315 could cause Ales to pull a groin or separate a shoulder.

If Phoenix is out of the running, Whitney could go. Would Dean trade for a pure rental and little chance of re-signing? Weren’t we in the hunt for him before he signed in Phoenix? I cannot recall. I can see this happening if the Coyotes are outside looking in.

Kostitsyn would come with his entourage of Russian…suits and I wonder if he is a Dean Lombardi type of player. Still, he has talent. I am struggling with this one. How would he look on Loktionov’s right instead of Trevor Lewis? Hmm…

Alexander Semin. A pure sniper. What would the Capitals want? The 1st and prospect we talked about and a roster player? It all comes down to price here. If Semin can be had for a reasonable one, I actually think Dean pulls the trigger.

Zach Parise. Deep breath. The rumors of Detroit being very interested in him makes me ill. Watching Parise in another shade of red except in our conference may drive me to hate him. We have discussed Parise to the L.A. Kings enough, no? An exceptional player with all of the skill and character you would want and who could in the PTME (post Terry Murray era) catapult us to contender status. A boy can dream.

Of course, we could also tweak the bottom six and do nothing else. We could trade for something other than a rental. So many options there to discuss. Or we could do nothing and be happy with what we have.

Thoughts?