Thread: Salary Cap: $64.3M Upper Limit for '11-'12
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11-21-2010, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Sting36e View Post
On what planet are lack of a top line LW and RW depth bigger problems than lack of a #1 center?

This team's biggest needs, in order, are a #1 center and a #1 right-side defenseman. We have Kreider, Thomas, MZA coming soon on the wings.

And yes, I'd definitely trade Rozsival and live with state of our defense to get Richards. That's not even a consideration. Mike Sauer is not a fluke. Valentenko is coming. If we don't trade for Richards and just sign him, we won't have to give up McDonagh. If your top line includes Richards and Gaborik, and your second line is Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan, you have an excellent top two lines, plus all our great bottom six players. You have Lundqvist. You don't need to have the best defense if your goaltender and forwards are both excellent, which would be the case if we had Richards.

Gaborik and Lundqvist are both in their primes now. The team has to take the next step soon. This semi-rebuild can't go on forever. You need a playmaker to win in this league, and Richards is one of the best in the world.
Yup...there is no greater need in this organization than a *1 center. 1st line LW? You're getting 1st line production from Dubi and Kreider, Grachev and Werek provide organizational depth. RW? Again, Callahan is giving you 2nd line production, and you've got MZA and Thomas for depth. I don't see either of those issues outweighing the #1 center issue.

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