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05-27-2012, 09:06 AM
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Resign MDZ (2,4 for 2 years), Prust (max 1,4 cap hit)
Qualify Stralman and MDZ ( offer them both one way contracts) at 850.000 resp 950.000 for two years
Offer Bickel two years at 750.000, same deal offered to Mitchell
Maybe resign Scott to be put in Hartford and mentor McNasty at some things he needs to know in choppiness and mauling people
Let Feds, Avery, Eminger and Woywitka walk
Resign Marty Biron at MAX 1,2 M for two years. Otherwise maybe sign The Monster Gustavsson to something similar.

Try to sign J Schultz, in a big way. But there are plenty of other suitors, so realistically it seems like a pretty slim chance. But you never know.

If not, not much out there IMO that has a price tag worth the return/cost IMO on D. Garrison is enticing esp for the PP, but he will probably cost a boatload. I think we need to get a veteran at the deadline instead.

Up front we need more creativity, offense and skill. Maybe a vet on a one year deal? Ray Whitney would be Optimal IMO. Ryan Smyth my second. Parise, Nash and Ryan are for separate reasons all unlikely pipedreams IMO. As, unfortunately, is Selšnne. As for bottom 6 players, we have those players if we use them there and not on higher lines. A refresher might do it, but I would be fine with Rupp - Boyle - Prust as our 4th line and Mitchell\Zukes as spares and Yogan/deveaux as call ups for that specific role. Loading the top 9 with a combo of grit and offensive talent is however essential. Richards, Kreider, Gaborik, Callahan, Dubinsky, AA, Stepan and Hagelin are 8 spots already filled. Get one more player a la Whitney (we need a stopgap solution considering cap problems in. 2013) and we look pretty good. Insert Zuccarello and Mitchell throughout the year adding lots of good depth IMO. Call ups might be Wellman, Thomas, JAM (sign) and Hrivik (sign). This is a deeper squad than last year, especially if we can get one more 20 goal scorer and Dubinsky can return to respectable numbers.

Dubinsky might be used as trade bait (depending on value due to erformance) as a piece (naturally adding pics and higher prospects) to acquire a final piece for a real big run at the deadline. Iginla or Ryan would be optimal IMO...

Something like:

Before trade dealine
Whitney/other FA on short term deal - Richards - Gaborik
2A Kreider - Stepan - Hagelin
2B Dubinsky - AA - Callahan
Rupp/MZA - Boyle/mitchell - Prust

After trade dealine
Iginla - Richards - Gaborik
2 Kreider - Stepan - Callahan
3 Whitney/other FA - AA - Hagelin
Rupp/MZA - Boyle/mitchell - Prust

In March??

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