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07-02-2011, 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
Washington - Snagging a lottery pick for Varlamov already was made of win. Add in made strong signings such as Hamrlik and Halpern, and they are the big winners of UFA day.

Florida - it's hard to get value on UFA day but that's no reason to overpay UFAs on top of that. Yeah, they'll be better than they were. They might be the 10th best team in the East now. Much good will it do to them. Tallon is repeating what got him fired in Chicago.

i should have included washington as well...

complete steal in the trade, and Hamrlik/Ward, even if at a premium price, fits their needs quite well. Only issue is that they are just about out of wiggle room and still have two important RFA's to sign in Brouwer/Alzner... so they'll be moving someone out.

halpern is a great depth player at that price as well.

With Florida, as much as I dislike most of the moves Tallon's made, the fact that he had so much roster space to fill and so much money he needed to spend, even with so many questionable moves he's still 17M$ under the cap...

his roster now has 6 quality top-9 players up front, and 3-4 solid top-5 dmen, the bulk of which he assembled today, and remarkably, at least on paper, they have pretty good balance...

Booth*- Fleishman- Bergenheim
Weiss*- Kopecky- Goc
Upshall- Versteeg- Repik*

Campbell- Jovo
Kulikov- Weaver/Ellerby

add a top-3 fwd and a top-pairing dman to that group (which they could easily afford and still have 4-5M in cap space), and that's a deep/dangerous team

the "skeleton" of a very good team just missing 2-3 star players to propel it into upper-tier contention (of course obtaining those types of player is incredibly tough, but that's another issue unrelated to today's moves)

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