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01-06-2009, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by opus View Post
Of course it is, and right's the vice that squeezes this teams apple bag. Were so cap strapped we can't even call up AHL'ers to fill in for injured players...that's just brutal if you ask me.

I'm not saying Briere at 6.5 is bad. It's pretty good value. I've admitted that and agree with you whole heartedly. And yes, I am well aware his contributions last season...both regular season and playoffs. I just feel he's not completely necessary for this team to be successful with the way Richards and Carter have progressed.

As for your list of players you'd trade, that's all fine and dandy...but we've proven we can compete and win without Danny Boy. I think it would be irresponsible to trade three players to make up the same amount cap space as it would one. More holes to fill, obviously.

Either way, it's all just chat and more so...wasted bandwidth as Briere and his contract are going nowehere.

It's just mid-day banter.
I agree its mid day banter.....just having a friendly debate.....and I agree that we have shown over the last couple weeks, months whatever that we can play pretty well without Danny when we have two hot lines (Gagne/Richards/Knuble and Hartnell/Carter/Lupul), but that is the regular season against some subpar teams during that span.

Wat happens if Carter comes back down to earth and starts scoringat a 25-30 goal per season pace again as opposed to 50???

Are you willing to completely rely on Hartnell and Lupul in your top 6 come playoff time, two guys that have shown to be really, really streaky that didnt score much in the playoffs last year???

Are you willing to risk that Meto, Asham, Upshall are going to give us enough additional scoring come playoff time?

Two to 3 years from now I might be 100% in agreement with you that Briere is no longer needed on this team when we have a potential top 6 of proven consistent performers (Giroux, JVR, Nodl, etc), but right now, I dont think we have enough top 6 guys to rely on scoring in the playoffs without Briere.

Now if you tell me we are trading Briere for Chris Pronger that might be a different story, but then you are still in the same boat a couple years from now when Coburn needs to be re-signed, Carter is coming up, and Giroux/JVR are coming up on their 2nd contract.

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