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06-11-2008, 12:54 PM
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I'd hardly call Hlavac a true top six forward. I'm confident that Hornqvist would be an upgrade, and that's assuming no trade or signing is made..which I still think there will be one. We're trying to re-sign Ellis, and I still believe he will be back...but if not, we'll make due.
Ellis is going to test the market, so I doubt he'll be back. But I agree that we will try to acquire a top six winger and not put all our eggs in the Hornqvist "basket."
The defense is a little less solidified. With Weber and Suter not yet under contract, along with Klein and Koistinen, it's hard to really get a feel for what the defense corps
look like. But here's what I'm hoping for:
I would be more than happy with those pairings. I think Klein is good enough in his own end to play with Hamhuis on a "shut-down" pairing, and Zanon is avialbe 7th who can jump in and contribute on the PK, likely replacing Koistinen in the lineup (at which point you pair Zanon with Klein and Zidlicky with Hamhuis). You have 6 defensemen capable of logging power play time and 4 capable of logging penalty kill time (this excludes Weber, who can't clear the zone to save his life, but he could be there as well). I think it would be safe to say that this would be one of the better defense corps in the entire NHL.
In goal, expect Mason and Rinne to vie for the starting job (I expect Rinne to get it). Don't rule out Dekanich and the possible signing of a free agent goaltender to compete with both of them and be a "mentor" to Dekanich in Milwaukee. Maybe Goehring or Wade Flaherty, if either is available, though we may want someone more capable of playing NHL time. If that's the case, you go with Hedberg, Auld, or Sabourin.
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