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06-30-2009, 06:25 PM
Darth Vitale
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If we can retain Feds and sign any of: Gionta (not sure how much room NJ has now after signing Oduya to a pretty pricey deal (around $3M per); Beauchemin; or Kotalik, I'd be pretty damn happy we did all we could to shore up the roster for a Cup defense. Kotalik is not an ideal fit but he'd be more effective over the course of a season than either an aging Satan or Sykora (who, let's face it: they're not going to play with the same intensity during the regular season). Thus we would have improved our team some over last year.

Kunitz - Crosby - Guerin
Feds - Geno - Kotalik
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
Max - Jeffrey - Godard

...would still be a better team than having Satan and Sykora on those RW slots. I know Max can do more than 4th line but OTOH having a guy with some added confidence down there, playing with a rookie C, could be a big help and add some 4th line scoring.

Kunitz - Crosby - Guerin
Feds - Geno - Gionta
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
Max - Jeffrey - Godard

...would be amazing but a long-shot. Not financially impossible (especially if we can move Dupuis or just decide to eat his salary) but certainly very tough to make work.

As for the D,

Orpik - Gonch
Letang - Zanon
Goligoski - Eaton

could certainly work very well.

Get both Gionta and Zanon somehow and we will be sitting very pretty indeed. Otherwise take a risk and put Lovejoy in Zanon's spot and see how it goes. If we have to get a FA at the deadline so be it.

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