Thread: Proposal: sellers or buyers at deadline
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01-25-2012, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by John-Eric Iannicello View Post
The big questions will come from what to do with Grabovski and Liles if they remain unsigned heading into the deadline.

Of course, team position may dictate what happens, but both are young enough and valuable enough to this team that they 'should' be re-signed. Lile's puck moving ability is more obvious to me then ever now that he's out of hte lineup, and if this team plans to be a quick strike offense they will need him. Same can be said for Grabovski. But both heading to free agency, and both likely falling into the 'higher end UFA's' to be had, will make an interesting situation for Burke.

Cap space will be an issue though as they need to re-sign (if they decide to that is) Kulemin, Franson, Aulie, Crabb, and Gustavsson.

So while there's the idea of being 'buyer/seller', it's not as simple as it may have been in years past (in terms of the direction).

Agreed. Burke has said publicly he isnt shopping Grabovski, but that doesnt mean he wont move him if he gets a great offer for him. Two things teams are always looking for in the playoffs is defencemen and secondary scoring. Grabovski would be a good fit for a contending team like Chicago who are looking for secondary scoring but not necessarily a long term financial commitment.

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