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01-19-2012, 09:00 AM
Captain Smurf
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I'm see us moving the following players at the deadline:

AK46, Moen, Gill, Campoli and Possibly Weber. I expect we can get (at least from a competent GM: 3 2nd rounders and a 4/5th rounder. We use the picks to either assemble packages for higher picks or to simply restock our prospect pool. Last time Timmins got more than 1 pick in the top 60, he drafted McD, Patches and Subban in a universally weak draft. Let him works his magic with some really high quality picks.

A skeleton line-up for next season (XXX being positions that need to be filled for a competitive, possibly contending line-up)

Patches - XXX - Cole
XXX - Pleks - Gionta/DD
Bourque - Eller - Leblanc
White - XXX - Blunden

XXX - Subban
Markov - Gorges
Emelin - Kaberle


In all likelihood, The two and half stars line will remain intact and Bourque will pencil in the top-6. That being said, if we want to be competitive, we need a real 1st line center, a #1 D and a top-6 forward. Engqvist and Palushaj may be given opportunities to stay with the big club, though it may be a while before we can fix all the wholes on this team. On the plus side, most of our players still have a few years of good hockey left in them and we have a solid young core developing, so this shouldn't be a massive rebuild. Lets just accrue picks and see what Timmins can get us.

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