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02-22-2012, 12:17 PM
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Arnott deserves to be brought back for one more year. If we want to contend next year his presence could be a big factor. With this in mind, anything over a year is probably something Id want to stay away from. Theres to much young talent coming up the pipeline. Keep in mind that we will likely free up a spot by not bringing back Nichol. I think that Schwartz starts the year in Peoria. Im not sure exactly how theyll line up, but if we carry 14 forwards:

1) Backes
2) Oshie
3) Perron
4) McDonald
5) Berglund
6) Stewart
7) Sobotka
8) Steen
9) D'Agostini
10) Arnott
11) Tarasenko
12) Porter
13) Reaves
14) Grachev? McRae? Rattie? Crombeen? Schwartz? Cracknell? FA? As injuries inevitably happen we will find out.

I think that we need someone who can play the top pairing left side for a couple years. That will likely come via FA. Cole isnt in my top 7 right now, id much rather have Colaiacovo as the 6/7 guy. Ryan Suter would be awesome for that pairing, another option I think could be Matt Carle (although he typically played right).

1) Pietrangelo
2) Suter/Carle
3) Shattenkirk
4) Jackman
5) Colaiacovo
6) Polak
7) Huskins
8) (PEO) Russell
9) (PEO) Cole

..Id hope doing this wouldnt suggest we are done with committing to Coles development. I still see him as an NHL dman soon.

And ofcourse
1a) Halak
1b) Elliott

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