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08-31-2008, 11:46 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
If we just go with the youngsters then we facce a huge problem when the injury bug rears its ugly face. This team lacked the scoring depth last year even with Radulov and Hlavac.
Two problems with not signing a veteran scorer:
a) If Jones and Hornqvist turn out to be below the hype then we are WAY behind last seasons depth.
b) If the above happens and one of our top 4 forwards in Arnott, Dumont, Legwand or Erat get injured and these youngsters are brutal then we are dead!!!
Signing a veteran like Murray/Parrish or trading for a Knuble on a one year basis offers nothing but stability and depth. It takes the pressure off these young guys to come in and be saving graces. If they can handle the job great then you put them on the top two lines. But, if they struggle you let them find their games on lower lines while a Parrish/Murray/Knuble provide the DEPTH to cover for the lack of instant progress.
Worstfaceoff you LOVE the young guys which we all do. BUT BUT BUT if they don't pan out the way you are anticipating then this fragile city can not afford to sit and rebuild for another two years. unless you want to be cheering for the Kansas City Predators? They need to build on the progress and success of last season. Signing one of the three mentioned above affords the team some ability to grow with less risk. Parrish and Murray could likely be signed for 1-1.5M for one season where they know they will get opportunity on to play on top lines and top pp units. It's not about taking away opportunity from the young guys, but more about protecting the team against undo growth pains.
On a separate note, although Radulov does not want to return to Nashville he may still want to play in the NHL and it is worth talking a trade with him. He would yield a decent return. Most players during UFA use Russia as a bargaining chip to get more cash and usually sign in the NHL, but Rad has found a loop hole where he was actually able to sign during his contract. It may just be posturing to a new level?
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