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03-11-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RBR View Post
Personally don't have that high an opinion of the Wiz. At his salary it was right to let him go.
People keep saying this, but some of us have wanted Gomez taken care of (not in the concrete shoes manner, mind you) since before the season, and Gomez money easily covers Wisniewski money. So, possible alternative present day realities include:

Markov - Wisniewski
McDonagh - Streit
Gorges - Subban

or (Markov injured)

McDonagh - Wisniewski
Gorges - Subban
Emelin/Kaberle - Streit

(Streit's strongest pairing in '07/08 from a +/- perspective was actually Gorges-Streit, although he obviously produced more offensively beside Markov and Hamrlik)

Would cost almost exactly $20 million cap (if we had to "overpay" the same amount to keep Streit and Wisniewski). Considering the cheap talent we've had from developing quality forwards for years (just to let them go for beans at the first excuse), that could have been a solid defense to build from if not tied down by the Gomez, Cammy, and Gionta acquisitions which instantly tied up 17 million in cap space. Even having to add Kaberle to fill in for an injured Markov doesn't look bad in that lineup, and obviously represents a cap savings in replacement.

This year and next should have been the years to seriously look at Emelin/Weber/Diaz, and there was only really "pressure" to get Emelin in there asap. In any event, a team that lets someone who worked so well in the system like Wisniewski go because he wants 5 million, but keeps Gomez at 7 - for a similar term, btw (4 more yrs @ 7.3M vs 6 yrs @ 5.5M) - is sabotaging itself. We didn't even have to match what Wiz eventually got (or Streit, remember), we just had to come close.

Anyone want to argue that the lineup above wouldn't be one of the absolute best on paper this year (even with Kaberle, or even Emelin, plugged in for Markov), and probably worth $20M of investment?

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