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01-27-2012, 04:02 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Over the roster limit, but I think it's safe to assume there will be injuries. Otherwise, LL and BG are waiver ineligible, so they can be sent down temporarily.
The top priority has to be a top 4 dman. Brad Stuart would be good, but I assume he will stay in Detroit. I'm guessing we'll have to trade for a defenceman. I'd expect an overpayment either way.
If we can get AK for a bargain, I wouldn't be opposed to bringing him back, but I wouldn't break the bank. I think we could get by with less offence from that position, seeing as there often isn't enough PP time to go around anyway.
There are a lot of UFA candidates for those bottom wing positions, including but not limited to Moen, Ponikarovski, Tootoo, Slater, Hagman, Fedotenko, Campbell, Paille, Taylor Pyatt. There have also been quite a few useful bottom six forwards made available on waivers this season, I'd expect this to continue. This is a position for bargains.
I'd stay away from Parise, Kovalchuk, Carter. All these shiny pieces either come with overly long contracts, or will require overpayment. We are also somewhat locked into top 6 forward situation. Our 5 highest paid forwards each have a NTC.
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