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Plugging the Holes: Atlantic Division

A familiar face could help fix Pittsburgh, while Rangers should aim high

Originally Published: June 16, 2011
By Timo Seppa | Hockey Prospectus
Jagr/RichardsGetty ImagesJaromir Jagr and Brad Richards may be the best fits in Pittsburgh and New York.

With the Stanley Cup heading back to Boston, it's time for every NHL team to evaluate its roster and see how it can retool for next season. The analysts of Hockey Prospectus provide some help, identifying the biggest shortcoming on every NHL roster using their GVT valuation metric (explained here) and offering a unique suggestion on how to fix it for 2011-12. The series starts Thursday with fixes for the five teams in the Atlantic Division, where a familiar face could return to the Penguins and the Flyers may once again have the wrong guy in the crease.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The hole: Top-line winger

No team heads into 2011-12 with a bigger question mark than the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are one healthy Sidney Crosby away from vaulting themselves back to championship contention. But whether the concussion-plagued Crosby is ready for the beginning of the season or not, Pittsburgh's hole remains the same: a true top-line winger to complement its captain or pick up the slack until he's able to return. Ideally, we're talking about a veteran right winger who can improve the Pens' perennially struggling power play.