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04-20-2010, 10:41 PM
MLD Glue Guy
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: BC, Canada
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I wonder if Nicklas Backstrom from Minnesota is available? His best success was under Lemaire, so I wonder if that re-union is possible. New Jersey certainly has the assets to land him, especially after last season, and Harding looks like he might be ready to make the jump.
Why would New Jersey spend 6 million on Backstrom and 5.2 million on Brodeur? It may make sense in 3 years when Brodeur retires (although at that point Lemaire will probably be gone too). The best situations for New Jersey is to find a competent backup to play 20 games. Brodeur's not as good as he used to be, but he's still better than pretty much every other option.
There are no great goalie prospects in New Jersey's system at the moment, but when Brodeur retires, they'll need to replace him with an established star starter who can handle the pressure of replacing a legend, not a young guy.
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