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12-02-2008, 04:02 PM
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If we are going to market Staal and/or Whitney/Gonchar, we have to think of WHO needs them the most.

Staal: Chicago, St.Louis, Florida, Buffalo, and maybe Anaheim
Gonchar: Pick any cup contender without a true PP QB right now.
Whitney: any number of teams due to his contract.

What do we need for playoffs and next year? Two to three top six wingers, one or two bottom pairing defenders, and a backup goaltender.

Who could be available?
(Personally, I love the Chicago idea with the youngsters coming over for Staal, but I can see where people would want an established top six guy in the deal.)

-- Cheechoo, SJS (3 M 'til 10-11)
-- Clowe, SJS (1.6 M, RFA) -- both guys are physical enough to help our top spot and with Blake and Semenov UFA's, a defender might be their choice. Them getting Boyle really may have stopped this opportunity though.

-- Booth, FLA (700 K RFA) -- Florida could use a big center behind Horton and leave Weiss at the third spot. However, with Matthias, this may be a moot point. Also, for Staal, you would want to get something else as well.

-- Boyes, STL (4.0 M 'til 11-12) -- St. Louis has some serious forwards. (Backes, Perron, Kariya, Oshie, McDonald, Tkachuk, Berglund) A true offensive threat to bridge the gap to Pietrangelo could also be needed. Colaciacovo, unless he is healthy, doesn't change this.

-- Ryan, ANA (1.54 M 'til 09-10) -- Anaheim gets another big center behind Getzlaf to take Morrison's spot or Neidermayer. Pens get a big forward to ride shotgun with Crosby?

-- Kotalik, BUF (2.3 M, UFA) & Stafford, BUF (984 K 'til 09-10) -- a deal with Staal could snag both of them and Kotalik wouldn't be hard to re-sign and has a nice shot, but is inconsistent. He won't cost as much as Satan though.

Gonchar and Whitney have so many avenues, it's ridiculous. One things for sure ... if all three return, the Pens top lines will be Crosby, Malkin, and patched together pieces, period.

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