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07-28-2009, 01:55 PM
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Prospal could be a decent fit for Mueller. He's a good playmaker, for sure. He just got a fat chunk of change put in his pocket and would probably play for quite cheap. Also, while he took very few face-offs(220ish), last season, he was 53% on the dot. The year before, in Philly, he still didn't take a whole lot(260ish) but was 56% on the draw. The year before that he took very, very few(Vinny and Richards) with only 120ish, total, but ended up with a 52% win percentage. So, perhaps on a team not so stacked at center(we don't have Vinny, B.Richards, Stamkos, Briere, Carter, M. Richards, ect.) he could be a pretty good face-off guy. He might not look bad between Doan and Mueller. Maybe he could win more draws than he loses while racking up 40+ assists dishing it off the Pete. One year and two million bucks would be a raise over what he was going to make this season, anyway(when you add the buy-out amount). Should make re-signing Upshall a little easier, too. Of course the fact that he's slow and poor defensively would make Doan's role on this line a little overwhelming.
Interesting. Wild speculation but I wonder if TB was shopping Prospal to us in a deal so it could sign Tanguay, and DMGM rejected expressing instead interest in Tanguay. With the buyout we'd end up give up nothing in the way of assets, get Prospal on a bargain contract for 2 years, with plenty left over to sign Upshall and perhaps a "goon" with some offensive upside to go with the pugilist skills.

Not a bad strategy if you knew all along couldn't afford Tanguay or league wouldn't agree to a deal of more than 2 years.

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