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03-08-2010, 01:48 PM
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Well, I think that Chicago is the most likely of trade partners for us, and I remember hearing that we were pushing hard for Sharp at the deadline, but obviously, Chicago didn't want to lose him for their Cup run.

Either way, we need to find a center to play between Havlat and Latendresse that's not Brodziak or Ebbett. I give them credit, but they just aren't going to be the game-breaking center that we need. Maybe we can find one at the draft via trade this year since I think this year's FA class isn't a very attractive one.

Koivu will definitely need some new wingers. I agree, Bruno is fine on a line with Koivu, but I think they really need a winger that can finish. I don't know who it would be, or what we could trade to get one, but either way the 2nd rounder we got for the Belanger trade could be used to spice up a deal for a winger or centerman so I'm really liking the trade the more that I think about it.

This leads me to this question then, what do we need more? A scoring winger for Koivu's line or a center for Havlat and Latendresse? I can hope we can somehow solve both of these problems this offseason, but I don't find that likely. Obviously drafting well in the upcoming drafts will go a long ways to having worry about scoring, but elite talent isn't easy to come by. Hopefully Fletcher can pull something off that will solve both problems, but it looks like we will be picking about #10 in this draft.
He can probably fill the winger through outside channels, but there are a few in-house candidates on the second-line center deal where it's not a great idea to overspend for one in a weak free agency class.

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