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02-05-2012, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by DJB View Post
Kypreos has a rumour that Malone + 1st round pick for Cory Schneider...
Straight up wouldn't work due to cap constraints, which means there has to be another player involved(unless Gillis makes another trade immediately). Tampa's real need is defense. So if this trade were to happen(big were, Yzerman likes his first rounders) then the other logical piece coming to Tampa with Schneider would be either one of Edler, Ballard, Bieksa, or Hamhuis. The latter 2 have NTC's so the odds of them waiving would be low(could be wrong though). That leaves Edler and Ballard. Edler is young and great so I highly doubt it's him unless Tampa is paying a lot more than originally thought. That leaves Ballard, who could slot into our Top-4 no problem. He has 3 more years left on his deal after this season at $4.2million, so in effect he'd be replacing Malone's cap hit.

I see potential here, but then again very iffy on it as goalies seem to go belly up in Tampa.

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