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10-05-2008, 08:35 AM
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redmachine54
 
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It would be awesome to get Gaborik on the team, but trying to take it from a purely talent-oriented point of view, it would not help the team. Koivu's production has dropped, but he's still a talented center who can fill in excellently on the second line. If he leaves, Lapierre would get promoted, who in no way is capable of replacing Koivu. We then have the situation where, once again, we have offensive players like Sergei Kostitsyn and Latendresse centered by a non-offensive forward in Lapierre (well, he's offensive, he's just not very good at it). Same problem as last year.

Having Gaborik under different circumstances would be great; right wing depth of Kovalev abd Gaborik off the two lines is nothing to complain about. But given it would take substantially more to get him (I doubt they're looking for essentially Higgins, since Koivu could walk and they're stuck in a similar situation), I don't think it's possible.

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