Question 6: If you could see any defenseman in the league be TJ Brodie’s defensive partner on that second unit, who would you like to see? (Realistically, don’t pick like PK Subban) (I mean, that’d be nice though).
Michael Stone. I think he’s one of the best available. Realistically, as a dream candidate I guess Kevin Shattenkirk but he will cost a fortune.
Tanev doesn’t have much offence, but the high-flying Flames don’t really need it from him. Another true defensive defenceman could be the final link in their championship aspirations, and Tanev fits the bill perfectly.
I would still prefer Michael Stone because of their compatibility, but I would like to see Jacob Trouba play alongside TJ Brodie. Both are offensively skilled, as well as solid in their defensive end. Trouba is a younger defenseman, and he has still not even tapped his potential either. He could benefit from playing with Brodie, as Brodie can do the same for Trouba.
Shattenkirk hadn’t even crossed my mind, but I can definitely see that fit, so thanks Jonathan for bringing that idea! I know I said not to pick someone like P.K. Subban, but ideally, I definitely wouldn’t mind someone like P.K. Subban who’s an excellent skater and has a rocket shot. But realistically, the Flames wouldn’t be able to afford someone like Subban.
Realistically, I wouldn’t mind John Carlson. He has a right-handed shot to play alongside Brodie’s left-handed shot. He’ll also be a free agent after next season and he’s just at a $4 million salary anyways right now, which I’m sure Brad Treliving can convince Brian MacLellan to retain some of his salary since the Washington Capitals will be looking to make some trades this off-season, I’d assume. He’s a quality powerplay option with a hard shot. The only thing is he led the Capitals in ice-time per game and even-strength ice-time per game this season, so I’m not sure how he would feel about being demoted to the second unit. But that’s a guy I’d like to see paired with Brodie.
That’s all in this Monday’s roundtable! Is there anything here you disagree with? If you could pick any defenceman in the league to play with Brodie, who would you pick?