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02-07-2011, 06:01 PM
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Malkin is (relatively speaking) replaceable given how he's played this year (far below the lofty standards he's set in previous seasons). Whether they can find a quality forward available in a reasonable trade is another matter. A far more pressing question involving the Pens, I think, is whether (when?) Crosby can come back and play to the level he was before the injury? He was playing out of his mind, and they'll be able to beat anyone if he gets back to that level.

The other factor with the Pens is that they spent a lot of the year without Staal, who still isn't 100% back into the groove. As we saw with Gagne last year, when you miss a lot of the beginning of the season, you have a lot of catching up to do in your game.

Savard has 10 pts in 25 games this year... he was essentially a non-factor in them being where they are in the standings. So, anything the Bruins do get to take on his cap hit could be viewed as a significant upgrade.

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