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06-13-2010, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by RH63 View Post
That would definitely be beneficial but who do you have centering our second line?
That's the rub. Is Schenn ready for 15 minutes a night on the 3rd with Zeus centering the 2nd? I'm not saying you have to move Stoll, but moving his salary would lessen the sting of Malone's dollars. Looking at TB's center depth, they don't really have any since I believe Stamkos is playing wing. Stoll's game seems like a need for them.

You could try to stop-gap the position for 1-2 years with a Comrie, Belanger or Madden-type guy to allow Schenn to develop at a 10-minute a night clip on the 4th line. If it's a 2-year deal then just trade them the next season if you need to drop their salary and Schenn is ready.

I do not like 5 years at $4.5mm for Malone unless you are sold on him as your 2nd line LW for awhile and a "core" guy because that is somewhat of a core guy contract. I throw it out there though because he definitely seems like the type of player that Lombardi covets.

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