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08-30-2009, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Hi-wayman View Post
Just out of curiosity, what holes in your team need to be filled or strengthened?
Top-six forward, veteran 6th/7th defenseman

How much cap room or self-imposed cap room do you have left?
Probably around $1-$1.5 mil at the absolute max. Must stay below the mid-point of the cap at 48.8 mil and stay low enough that we could call up Colin Wilson or others during the season if they prove they are ready or we have injuries.

Is the team looking for older, more experienced players or NHL ready players just coming up from the minors? Obviously more experienced players will have higher salaries than less experienced players, but expect young players to make lots of costly mistakes for a few years. For forwards do you need to find top six players or bottom six? Same type of question for defensemen.
If we add a defenseman (which I think we will), we'll be looking for an experienced vet at the tail end of his career that can serve as a mentor to our young defensive corps and not be a locker room distraction if he is called upon for only 30-40 games max this season. Guys mentioned this week that make sense would be Chelios, Klee (if we convince him to not retire), and possibly the return of DeVries.

The open position at forward is a top-six forward to play with Legwand and Erat. Legwand can move to the wing and Erat plays both wings, so position is not so much of a concern as is the contract (salary and most importantly one-year deal only), preferably the addition would complement Legwand and Erat's skill sets and be able to either insure that both of them are over 20 goals scored this season or can score 20-25 goals themselves.

As for the age factor, we built up our organizational depth this summer with younger, second-chance players already. If we add another forward, they need to be someone with NHL experience and a chip on their shoulder (ie: Sykora, Afinogenov, etc).

Towards the end of training camp, Vancouver is going to have a number of options available to Gillis. We likely will trade a couple of forwards and also maybe some defensemen and goalies. Depending on your needs, Nashville and Vancouver could be good trading partners. There has been a couple of trade suggestions involving the two teams made in the last month or so, but there could be many others that also may make sense.
I agree. I think that Vancouver and Nashville will definitely be talking throughout training camp and probably into the start of the season if necessary. The strengths and needs of the organizations are a good fit for each other and will definitely be something to keep an eye on.

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