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04-22-2012, 02:02 PM
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So here's the thing.. I don't see Bylsma going anywhere. Shero comes from the Nashville/Ottawa school, where they stuck with Trotz and Jacques Martin through practically everything. In addition to that, I don't see any better coaching candidates than Bylsma out there. But perhaps they can shake up the team, improve the defense AND the special teams by dumping Reirden for a guy like Paul Maurice or (if CBus doesn't retain him) Todd Richards.

Martin has to go. That's it. For a late pick, a measly prospect or just future considerations. He's gone.

I don't think it'll be difficult to lure a goaltending free agent here, as long as it's made clear to them that playing time will be earned and Fleury won't be handed anything.

So, bury Martin in a shallow grave, upgrade the coaching staff (without a complete overhaul), sign a good backup, and maybe with the left-over cap room grab a guy like Ray Whitney, Brad Boyes or Jarrett Stoll for Crosby's RW. Call it an offseason.

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