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01-18-2010, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DekeShot View Post
Pittsburgh has a unique cap structure, acquiring deadline/mid-season talent is likely to be the norm until the day one of Crosby/Malkin/Staal leaves the team. It could also give us a leg-up in re-signing a guy like Whitney, for example, in the off-season.

Top 9:

Kunitz - Crosby - Guerin
Fedotenko - Malkin - Whitney
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy

That looks like an extremely balanced lineup heading into the home-stretch and playoffs. Unlike last year, however, I think Shero may have to focus on shoring up the D if injuries/poor play continues and that could throw a wrench into acquiring a guy like Whitney with his $3M+ cap hit.
I'd love Whitney and Jokinen. Canes will be selling big time, i'm sure they wouldn't mind an easier crack at Hall either. Have Jokinen for another year at 1.7 and try and re-sign Whitney in the off-season. He'd be the best aging veteran winger Shero has signed in awhile.

Kunitz-Crosby-Guerin
Whitney-Malkin-Jokinen
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy

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