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06-28-2008, 07:44 PM
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Both free agent class and rookie class improves dramatically next summer/fall.
I don't really see an improvement in next year's free agent class over this ones. I agree the rookie class *should* be better, but that's all projections. The only marquee winger is Gaborik, who I would want less than Hossa.

I don't want to break the bank for him, but Hossa seems like the most realistic opportunity to grab a true number one forward. No he isn't as good as a Kovalchuk or an Ovechkin, but passing on him may mean playing out the next several years with Gomez as our best forward. If you can get Hossa for 8.5 or less I think you have to do it.

Edit: The other option is simply plan accordingly in that Lundqvist is our franchise player and we will not have that franchise forward for the next period. Not the end of the world, but passing on Hossa because you expect Gaborik next year or Kovalchuk in two years is very risky. There's no guarantee aren't locked up long term way before sniffing unrestricted free agency.

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