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05-06-2008, 12:19 AM
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Can we get the conversation back on what a team would look like with Jokinen, as opposed to whether Jokinen is the best addition?

Let's just accept that there are differing opinions on this and actually follow a thought through for once. There's a first time for everything.

So the situation as I see it, breaks down to the two following suggestions.

1) Higgins, O'Byrne and change*
2) Plekanec, O'Byrne and change*

* - change meaning stuff that won't impact the immediate roster

Here's a 3-page spreadsheet** showing the differences in cap hit between the two scenarios. They pretty much end up the same. The next table outlines them (scenario 3 is don't trade for Jokinen).

ScenarioCap LeftNeeds
1$5.5MTop 6 winger (filled by Plekanec?), #4/5 D
2$5.4M#4/5 D, 3rd line Center (filled by Chipchura?)
3$7.5MTop 6 player, Depth defenseman

** - The red figures are my projected cap hits for contracts that have yet to be negotiated. I try to overestimate by a bit because it's better to have more cap space available than expected, as opposed to the opposite.

Anyone have comments based on what's mentioned above?

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