6/7th Dman-Jim Vandermeer?
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06-30-2011, 03:06 PM
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Redden's salary would count against the cap, which is why he was with the Whale last year.
It's now or never for Valentenko. He'd have to be waived to be sent down, so he's either going to make the team as the 6th or 7th d-man, or they'll try to trade him.
Eminger would be perfect as the extra d-man, unless either Erixon or MDZ isn't ready to contribute on the powerplay. If not, then Sather may look to add a McCabe type for powerplay duty.
I think Vally is a safe bet to be our #7 defenseman. But if he fails to make it as our #7, we won't trade him anywhere because it will be a sign that he's just not good enough to play in the NHL, so why would anyone give up even a 7th round pick for him?
We have a lot of defensemen long-term, but not a lot coming into this year. We have a solid top-4. Then Erixon should easily lock up a #5 slot.
But spots 6 and 7 are wide open. Even if he plays on par with Kundratek, so long as his play is acceptable, he will be the one to take the #7 spot because 'tek doesn't have to go through waivers to get sent down.
The only way Vally does not make the Rangers this year is if he outright sucks. And if he sucks so much that he can't even be a #7, then forget about him as a player at any point in the future.
The guy will be 24 years old by the start of the season. If a 24 year old can't crack even the part-time spot on a team lacking (in the short-term) blueliner depth, then he's just not a player. I would assume that he'll just turn out and go back to the KHL for the rest of his career at this point. Nobody will give us anything for him and nobody would claim him off waivers.
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