Jay Feaster came out today and said he might see no other way to shake the team out of its funk than to make a trade. He did not talk about specific moves but it is not tough to figure out who might be available: Vinny Prospal, Dmitry Afanasenkov and Andreas Karlsson.
None of the big boys will be traded. Ruslan Fedotenko is an iffy case. Feaster really likes him but if it is a move that can't be refused it will be interesting to see what he does.
It was interesting Rick Dudley and Dale Tallon were at Tampa Bay's game against the Maple Leafs. Doesn't necessarily mean anything as Dudley travels extensively and Tallon's parents apparently live in the Toronto area. But the Blackhawks are loaded with defensemen and will have to make some decisions when Adrian Aucoin gets back from injury.
Anyway, the conventional wisdom is the team needs defensive help as well as a grind-it-out kind of grit player. But here's a thought, though there is no indication this is on the table.
If the Lightning had two lines working consistently that might mitigate some of the problems it is having on defense. Prospal and Ruslan Fedotenko were supposed to pick up the slack left by Fredik Modin. That hasn't happened. So I was wondering what your thoughts were about what is more pressing, getting defensive help or a second-line forward that can play with Brad. That, by the way, would allow St. Louis to stay on Vinny 4's line?