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05-30-2012, 10:28 PM
eco's bones
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At best Nash is a slight upgrade of Gaborik--though you could just as well argue the opposite that Gaborik is a slight upgrade of Nash--and keeping in mind that Nash has 6 years left on his present contract as opposed to 2 for Gaborik and a few years down the road and we might be just as frustrated with him as we are at times with Gaborik. And so we throw in Dubinsky and a 1st as well?

If you have to do a deal with Nash and Gaborik as the principals--and let's leave Vancouver out of it altogether--they have a problem with Luongo--let them figure it out for themselves--Columbus gets Gaborik and Dubinsky and we get Nash and their 1st in 2013--since I can't see them giving up the No. 2 overall this year. Columbus adds 2 legit NHL forwards and we add one and a likely premier draft pick. Columbus gets more cap flexibility getting Gaborik for two years and we're tied up with Nash one way or another for 6.

Personally I don't see Columbus doing that--even if they were looking at it more realistically than they've shown so far--Dubinsky, McDonagh, Kreider, 1st's in 2012-2013 is really a ****ing joke. My proposal might not be altogether fair to them but it's a damn sight closer to even than Howson's proposal to us.

But really--why even bother. Rather keep Gaborik and Dubinsky. With only 2 years left on Gaborik--we can make other moves if that doesn't work out. At least we'll have options. Bring in Nash for Gaborik and it's more likely we won't have options.

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