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12-29-2008, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Ozymandias View Post
You do realize he signed that contract some time ago and probably won't be asking for the same amount. He might even want to stay here at about 2,5 mil per. We need his grit, size and RH shot as a centerman, if only for a season or two more, while Maxwell and Chips get ready for the big time.
Chipchura is ready for the big time. If they re-sign Lang and tell Chipchura to stay in the minors yet again then he might as well demand a trade. They need to give the kid a chance, he was better than Smolinski last year, it just didn't make sense to pay a guy $2 million to play in the AHL. I understand your point about Lang, but perhaps Gainey could package players to get a RH offensive centreman instead of merely plugging the hole all the time.

As for Tanguay, keep him, he's too smart of a player. It looks like he's floating out there but he's really just letting plays develop and then jumps on opportunities. He's smart defensively and gets nearly a PPG. He was starting to find chemistry with Koivu before Saku went down with an injury. It's about time the team gives the reins to Andrei Kostitsyn and let Kovalev walk, unless he agrees to a big paycut.

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