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02-17-2011, 04:15 PM
Zuccarello Awesome*
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If Richards is available next week:

Del Zotto
1st 2011
2nd 2011 (NYR)
2nd 2011 (WSH)
Conditional 1st 2012 (if Richards re-signs with us)


Brad Richards

Drury healthy scratched if he ever returns from injury.
I actually think we're fine cap-wise with all the players we've had on IR and Frolov done for the year, plus the difference between Wolski and Rozy's cap-hits.

Prospal Richards Gaborik
Dubinsky Stepan Zuccarello
Wolski Christensen Callahan
Prust Boyle Avery

Staal Girardi
McDonagh Sauer
Gilroy Eminger
Valentenko as the injury call-up

The D is essentially the same, just without DZ, who should be in Hartford this year if he stays a Ranger anyway. If we could add a CHEAP veteran D who is set to hit UFA (ie: no Liles, yes Vandermeer) for a low-level prospect, we could make a nice run this year. But getting the only elite UFA available this offseason before he hits the market could potentially be HUGE, and although we give up massive amount in terms of draft picks, giving up Anisimov, DZ, and Grachev is not a huge blow to our core or prospect depth. We'd still be in fantastic shape. Much better shape than we'd be actually keeping Anisimov, Grachev, and DZ and eventually missing out on Richards this offseason.

Although, here's the flip side:

If Dallas is willing to trade him now, that means its even less likely that they re-sign him in the offseason. And since I think Dallas and NYR are the frontrunners, with Toronto being a darkhorse, if Dallas is trying to trade him now, we may be the #1 frontrunners to get him when he hits the market (if Dallas tries to trade him but fails). But if Toronto or Team X trades a big package for him, they're not going to let him go easily at all.

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