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06-22-2009, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Qvist View Post
What I don't get is why Florida wants to sign, presumably on close to UFA terms, another center with an expected 50-60-point ceiling. They have at least three already, even if you don't count Frolik at that position. Bad news for RFA Greg Campbell?

Originally Posted by Qvist View Post
Right, sorry, overly quick reading at nhlnumbers on my part. Still seems to be more of what the Panthers already have in abundance though, and there's Matthias to be made room for too. Are we seeing the contours of a Sabres-like, roll-4-lines long term approach here?

We are a team that's on a budget. Word from management is that our payroll will be lower than last season's 52.1 M. Getting a perennial 40-50 pt. center at about 2M/per is a good move for us. He's a stopgap until we can develop a true #1 center from within, or acquire one from outside the organization. This gives us good depth at center on all 4 lines. Horton played at center last season, but he's much better on the wing.

Matthias can start out on the wing when/if he makes the Panthers. He's already played some wing in junior and in Rochester. Reinprecht can also play wing.

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