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08-10-2004, 03:08 PM
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nylander is a perfect stopgap...we needed a #1 center and i don't think we could have signed a better center for less $$...

throwing a kid who isn't ready onto the top line won't help anything in the long run so he isn't taking a spot away from anyone...

and for those worried about the length of the deal...nylander isn't old and if a kid emerges in the next 2 years, i think we can easily deal nylander to a contender so i don't think we'd be stuck with him...and also it isn't like we have a future #1 center just waiting to get a shot. we have a few guys who could be real good #2s but i'm not sure that i'd call any of our guys #1 centers. so we could realistically be in year 3 of the deal before he's actually taking ice time away from a kid

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