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01-17-2012, 12:56 AM
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A deal centring around Raymond and Niskanen sounds promising. Seems fans from both sides like it. Nismanen is shoots right and thats good for Van. Raymond has great speed, Van probably doesn't like the idea of giving that up. Niskanen has regressed a little the last couple of years therefore bringing down his value, but is having a relatively good season this year. Raymond is 26, Niskanen is 25 and both are rfa at end of season. Raymond right now is the slightly better player in the deal I think, but Niskanen has potential, so they are both close.

Needs of both teams nicely complimented, Van has to pay to get D-man right handed with potential, Pitt gets top 6 forward with potential they need due to injuries. Biggest difference I see is that Raymond has quite a bit more playoff experience.

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