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01-27-2008, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by kimzey59 View Post
The problem with this is that I don't see any Defenseman out there that would fill the role we need to fill AND would be considered available in a trade AND won't force us to raid the farm system to acquire. Legit PPQB's are extremely hard to find and teams typically don't give them up once they find them. IMO the only way we'll get the D man we need is to sign Redden, Boyle or Liles this summer.
I see your point, I just think the players you mentioned will command too much moolah. Given how much we have already invested on defense, I can't see us being able to afford a free agent defenseman of the type we require without first moving one of the bigger contracts already on the books (i.e., Brewer or McKee).

If, however, we can unload Backman, forego any other expensive acquisitions and fill our holes at forward with prospects like I have suggested, then we might be able to add a free agent offensive defenseman.

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