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07-13-2009, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by azrok22 View Post
Any chance of something to include Ruutu on your end for Rozsival?

Zherdev + Rozsival for Babchuk, Tuomo Ruutu, Kaberle + (any additional salary dump)

Note: Rozsival has a $5 million cap hit, but actual salary of 6, 4, 3 over the next three years, which may be desirable if you're trying to keep the payroll under wraps.
I doubt that Carolina would be able to justify moving Ruutu at this point, to be honest. If anything, Ruutu will play for his arbitration reward this upcoming season. We simply don't have enough grit in our Top 9 to justify moving any of it and Rozsival, while a very good defenseman in his own right, would give us too much of what we already have back there.

Carolina seems content to fill out the defense with what is left in free agency and picking up Zherdev would be enough to strain our budget even with Kaberle leaving with him.

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