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06-14-2010, 06:34 PM
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Duc620
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I could give Kovalchuk an 8 year deal at $8 mil. I'd prefer that over trading for Hossa - (1) money and no other assets for the acquisition, (2) younger, more offensive upside, (3) we'd have control of the deal structure and could downsize his cap hit to make him tradable in the last 2 or 3 years of the deal. Plus he's younger than Hossa or Marleau.

With regards to the idea of secondary scoring winning cups - that's not in question. However, this cliche is true because of the threat first line scoring presents and the focus it demands from an opponents D. That (and additional effort from all players) is what opens up for second line players. If your first line players are the equivalent of secondary players on Cup winning teams then it doesn't matter - you'll only go so far in the playoffs.

We've got to have a threat or two that opposing coaches and their D must focus on.

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