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01-01-2010, 10:22 AM
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RMcDonagh
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How to approach? #2.
  1. Assign Redden to the AHL. Have nothing to lose. Again, if he refuses to report, you can terminate his contract. All good stuff.
  2. Look for a Rozsival trade partner. HEAVILY.
  3. In lieu of these two moves, find a bruiser defenseman DEFINITELY and attempt to find a decent two-way defender to replace them.
  4. Waive Voros, Lisin, Boyle.
  5. Attempt to trade Higgins and Kotalik. If you can't trade Kotalik, keep him, don't waive him. Even though he's terrible, he's still a PP asset and you don't want to risk paying half his contract due to re-entry waivers if the playoffs become possible or for other reasons.
  6. Call up Grachev/Byers.
  7. Keep Drury. Don't do anything with him, we'll eat the rest of his two years. He may be terrible now offensively, streaky, and all else, but he's a gamer and performer. Redden's the contract that has to be moved.

At this point, I don't have a lineup for you. I'm not going to predict trades. There's really no point in that. These are just the steps I think should be taken.

Lineup after on a guess?

Prospal-Dubinsky-Gaborik
X-Drury-Callahan
Grachev-Anisimov-X
Byers-Christensen-Brashear

Staal-MDZ
Girardi-X
Gilroy-X

Lundqvist
X

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