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07-02-2010, 09:58 AM
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Glenn, I'm not advocating we go out and toss money at one of the weak remaining FA forwards. While I agree that acquiring Kovalchuk would be a boon for the franchise, I understand that there's a good deal of risk involved, even with moving Dumont. Too much risk for Poile\ownership to commit to. That's fine...baby steps.
However, I do think there are realistic deals that we could make to bring in a proven scorer, deals that would entice most any franchise without being comprised of spare parts, or worse yet, pieces that we'd be devastated to lose.
The company line each year, after drafting at least 2 similarly-molded defensemen, has been that we're 'building assets.' That sounds great, if you think that those assets will be used to address other needs. If it means that Jon Blum, Ryan Ellis, Cody Franson...whomever...are used in a package to address the obvious proven scoring deficiency...I agree that the assets were used and managed properly. On the other hand, when we see these defensemen rushed into the NHL because yet another homegrown guy is now too expensive for us...that becomes disheartening.
Going back to trades...we have the material to land someone in the 27-30 range, making 3-4.5 million, and capable of contributing 25-30 goals. Might it involve parting ways with a Jon Blum or Ryan Ellis, in conjunct with a high pick and someone like Zach Budish? Yeah, it might...but we can afford that cost. We CAN afford it, but are we willing to afford it? That's the question.
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