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04-21-2012, 10:11 PM
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1. Starts with looking at expiring contracts (UFA) at the end of next year. These would be:

Clowe
Handzus
Vlasic
Murray

Handzus has a NMC so that would be a hold or buyout situation - he's not worth much. Vlasic likely gets an extension. If Clowe and Murray are not likely to remain, move them for value while you can.

2. Of reserve and AHL players, who would be capable of jumping into the lineup? If not enough are ready, look at the UFA class to see who might be available to fill holes - including your own.

3. Marleau & Thornton are completely immovable due to their contracts. If DW goes to Marleau and asks for a waived NMC and he refuses, you've entered a real bad situation for the next two years. The only teams he might waive for are likely division rivals, and that's playing with fire.

My take? Strategic roster moves, not a full blow up. Boyle, Murray, Clowe traded for picks or younger players; Mitchell & White walk. The coaching staff will be replaced.

So, next year we'd see something like

Marleau - Thornton - Pavelski
Havlat - Couture - X
Wingels - Desjardins - Galiardi
X - X - X

Burns - Vlasic
Demers - Braun
X - X

Fill in those holes however you like - within the cap of course.

Edit: Now that I think a little more, they should really move to the three-headed-monster lineup down the center (Thornton - Couture - Pavelski)... but we need wingers. No more of this converted center junk. Where are they going to draft this year? 15-18?


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