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02-04-2010, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by HandshakeLine View Post
That's not a bad idea. If they could resign Ott, and they want to keep Staal on that 2nd line, that's kind of an interesting, cheap solution to the wing problems.

So, if we could get Steve Ott and Benn for Goligoski + Fedotenko, you could see:

Kunitz - Crosby - Whoever
Benn - Staal/Malkin - Malkin/Staal
Cooke - Ott - Kennedy
Rupp - Letestu/Talbot - Adams

We lose a bit of puckmoving though, but the top 9 solidifies. That third line would have to be one of the most irritating to play against in the league.
I'll tell you one thing that is like sacrilegious around here: I'd keep Dupuis on that second line. His speed fits perfectly with those two. He's looked great out there I think. I'd just put Dupuis on the second and move Benn up to the first and thats a perfect top 9 in my view. Not too expensive for now because of Benn, but highly skilled because you're keeping Staal up and adding Benn. Plus then you could use the money you were going to use (2M-2.5M) on a free agent to shore up the backend with a puckmover.

I'm getting way too exciting about a stupid TIOPS rumor.

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