I like the mid-season assessment idea. I'm already looking at how to improve going to next season because, frankly, this season's roster is set with the exception of adding Timo Meier, Tarasenko or Kane (which is my least enticing option).
Canes need a 2C, no question. KK is on the hook for the next 4 years at $4.8M and, although he is fairly consistent and reliable, the reality is he's not worth what he's making. But, he's only 22 and does RBA see something we don't?
Turbo has one more year on a $5.4M contract and I think he could be a trade option. He's flashed this year and had some timely goals of late. But, let's be real, he'd rather pass the puck than shoot it. I can't tell you how many times he's passed up a shot when it's there.
I believe those 2 guys are the biggest names on the roster who someone else may want.
Goaltending? Both guys are UFAs after the season and our netminders seem to be either very good or bad, with not a lot in between. When Andersen is healthy and his head is right, he can be a top goalie in the league. Raanta is and will forever be a #2, although another team may want him as a #1. Couple goalies have been hurt recently, don't be surprised if Raanta is part of a trade and Kochetkov finds himself as the #2. Wouldn't that be interesting?
Surprises thus far: Martin Necas, after getting benched a couple times last season, being moved around the lineup, he's blown up this year.
Jalen Chatfield. Nobody saw this coming. Nobody. And what a pleasure it has been to watch him play at this level.
Stefan Noesen. At 29, he's finally getting to play at the top level and he's making the most of his opportunity.
Can the Canes win 55 games this season? (21 of the remaining 31?)