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01-09-2010, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by dccuse View Post
Sens are 1 pt ahead in standings. Spezza is out another 6-8 weeks. Figure by the time he gets back theyre either out of the race or in it enough where they decide Spezza is expendable. If they do, he could be perfect center for gaborik and probably attainable.

He's getting around 7 a year, which is a lot for a player who needs a goalscorer... but we have a goal scorer and he could be equally as effective with gaborik.

So here's the thought, and read it through.

Rozsival
Higgins
Sanguinetti/Sauer

Spezza

Why?

Well Volchenkov is free in the off season and will likely get big bucks elsewhere. Yes Rozi's contract is cap hit heavy but its front loaded and his actual pay is less on the back end, allowing a likely rebuilding sens to come closer to the cap floor while paying less and retaining a slightly mobile, veteran defenseman.

Higgins is also free and if wanted, could be retained for several years for a decent price given his low production year.

Sanguinetti/Sauer is a nice young piece.

Spezza gives us the #1 playmaking center we could truly use to bolster gabby's scoring ability. Over last four years with heatley - spezza averaged nearly 86 pts per year despite playing only 73 games a year (although given his current injury he's clearly injury prone) - AND... Ottawa gets rid of him.

Spezza's hit is 7 mill a year for five more years but... because he's backloaded (8,8,8,5,4) he also becomes more tradable over time assuming his play doesnt drop off.

This is of course contingent on Kovalchuk not being obtainable. However, i think rather than mortgaging the farm for Kovalchuk, Spezza and his contract (lower than what kovy will get) might be ripe for the snatchin.

Prospal Spezza Gaborik
Callahan Dubinsky Kotalik (this is a combo i'd love to try out)
Avery Anisimov Drury
Brashear Boyle Lisin
This is probably one of the worst proposals I have ever seen... Not to mention pathetically flawed logic.

If Ottawa is still in the playoff hunt, why the **** would there top line center all of the sudden become expendable?

Not to mention, on what planet could we get him for Higgins Blowitzall and Sanguenetti because it sure as hell is not hell is not earth.

Spezza would cost one of : Stepan/Grachev/Anisimov + Dubinsky + 2nd round pick.

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