Who to leave unprotected?
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09-30-2003, 05:27 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: New York
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IMO the following are sure to be protected-
= 10 skaters, 8 left
Of those left
I don't see Hlavac and Simon being exposed.. Whether you like their games or not, they're cheap and they do have trade value..
=12 skaters 6 left..
Defense has been a problem and now some depth is showing up.. No time to lose it, so protect Purinton, Malakhov, Kasparaitis.. Unless a better option becomes available in the waiver draft, in which case, I'd expose one of 'em.. Purinton or Kaspar if its a stay at home/hitter, Malakhov if the one picked is offensive minded.. I'd prefer Malakhov to be off anyways, but doubt it..
= 15 skaters, 3 left..
LaCouture is the best penalty killer of the bunch, a versatile player (albeit talently challenged) and a nominal price tag.. He stays..
=16 skaters 2 left..
Messier, Barnaby, Petrovicky.. Mess makes a high salary, but it's very doubtful Sather has the stones to leave him unprotected..
=17 skaters 1 left..
Barnaby, Petro.. Saw the Barnaby debates, good to see you kids are still crazy after all these years..
To me, Barnaby IS a shameless self promoter, a role player who never seems to accept when the role diminishes a bit and had no business even hinting that he was worried about his time and/or role already.. BUT he's also still a guy who played with a lot of heart and busted his arse for a team that never seemed to match his intensity, but should have.. He played very hard for last years team, and I wouldn't mind seeing him do it again, BUT the team is deeper now and he must accept that until injuries or slumps hit, he's going to have to be a black ace and keep his yap shut and his enthusiasm up until he gets that shot..
So part of me leans toward Barnaby for the last spot, but I keep coming back to the dreadful PK.. Petro can, Barnaby can't, so Petro it is.. Unless another solid Penalty killer becomes available..
You forgot about our new acquisitions. Would you leave Petro unprotected in favor of Hereema or Purrinton/Jakopin in favor of Heins? (I'm sure Heins would be an upgrade)
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