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09-22-2003, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ensane
I can't confirm, but I'm guessing based on Mara's career and age that he's had a two-way contract since he came over from Tampa.

Mara did sign a contract this summer. It's a question though that really doesn't matter as there is absolutely no way he will play a game in the AHL this season unless it is on a conditioning stint after an injury. He is an established NHL defensemen and right now is Phoenix's number 1 guy. He won't come cheaply.

With Buffalo's acquisition of Briere last year, Connelly's skill set becomes rather redundant. IMO, Buffalo needs some size on their top 2 lines to give some space to their skill players. I can see Connelly being dealt; however, I would expect Phoenix's interest to be lukewarm as they have made a concerted effort to target two-way physical players (hence why PP specialist Briere was dealt in the first place). Connelly doesn't fall into that category. I can't see Phoenix parting with a young defensemen unless it is one of their second tier prospects and realistically why would Buffalo do that unless they were absolutely desperate to shed salary. Even then, Buffalo can and will likely get a better deal from another team.

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