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03-15-2011, 10:13 PM
The Big Foot
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It hasn't been mentioned enough around here that Bieksa's one good recent season came in his contract year. In the summer it was bandied around that he would play better cause of that, and lo and behold he has - maybe we should just be glad for what we've gotten out of him, hope he doesn't **** the bed in the playoffs, and plan around resigning Ehrhoff. I honestly think we could replace Bieksa with a solid more durable veteran (his injuries are a real problem).

I would be happy next year with a top four of Hamhuis, Ballard, Edler and Ehrhoff.

Between Rome, Tanev, Sauve, Parent, and Sweatt, we are covered for injuries and the #6 spot when everyone is healthy. That would leave a need for a veteran #5. If not Salo, then looking outside we could target guys like:
Scott Hannan
James Wisniewski
Jan Hejda
Radek Martinek

I honestly think next year Bieksa will be back to being Bad Bieksa, and we would be better saving a little money than giving him $4m if that's what he thinks he worth.

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