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12-16-2005, 04:18 PM
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Center dilemma

I think most of us agree that 1st/2nd line center (ie YP's spot) to go along with Legwand is our biggest weakness. Kris Beech is filling in for now and could develop into the replacement for YP, in which case, the problem is solved. I don't see anyone else in the organization capable of stepping up to 2nd line center (I don't think Sully, Hall, etc. are long-term solutions).

Let's assume that clearly isn't happening and Poile wants to make a move. Who do we shoot for, who are the likely trading partners, and what are we willing to part with?

I think we would look for a speedy, young-ish two-way guy in the $1M-$2M range. A guy with slow feet won't work for our forechecking style and a guy without D will get shot by Trotz.

These are the most likely trade assets that we have IMO:
Erat
Eaton
Markov
Zidlicky
Klien, Weber
Tootoo

Personally, I like this group but would part with Eaton, Zids, and Tootoo first.

To me, these are the likely trading partners with some potential/ guys identified (Trying to avoid the "let's get Mike Modano/Joe Thornton/Sidney Crosby thread while still streching on some):

Atlanta (needs defense badly)
Patrick Stefan (might be my top choice for likely candidate)

Buffalo (needs some D, overstocked at C)
Connolly (my choice pre-season but now will be more expensive)
Roy

Boston (needs.... alot)
Boyes and Bergeron but doubt they could be had

Florida (need help)
I can only come up with N. Horton and can't believe they would trade him)

Philly (needs some D)
Handzus
Umberger
I assume Richards can't be had/ Carter can't be had

Ducks (seem willing to deal)
Andy McDonald (this seems like a stretch as a long-term upgrade to me)

Caps (need it all except a dynamic young superstar Russian)
????

Pens (see Caps...delete Russian)
????

Ottawa (might want an Erat to plug in some scoring with Havlat out)
?Vermette? Don't know about him and don't know any other Ottawa alternative

Thoughts?

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