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06-24-2012, 09:50 AM
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I'm not sure where else to put this, but I have a theory I'd like to share:
I honestly think that drafting the big centers increases the chance that we go after Parise in FA. Pegula stated when he arrived that he wanted to win a cup in three years, but it's unrealistic to think that a center group of Grigorenko, Girgensons, Hodgson and Ennis will be mature enough to lead a team to a cup, so a strong corp of wingers would be key if we were to contend in 2013-14.
If we trade Roy to make room for Parise, a winger group of Parise, Pominville, Vanek, Stafford, etc. would be enough to carry the young guys, and the cap room would be there with the G's, Foligno, Pysyk and McNabb on ELCs.
Assuming Grigs and Girgs are NHL ready in 2013 and Pegula sticks to his guns about wanting to contend for a cup then, the stars are aligning for us when you consider the number of potential impact players on entry-level deals we'll have. A star winger added to the group (Parise, Iginla, Ryan) would be a smart pickup if we use the potential cap space the right way, and you have to believe Darcy is going to make another move based on his ability to get who he's wanted since T-pegs took over.
imo, we stay away from the big FA names this year. Darcy looks to trades, and if he doesn't find the deal he wants, he waits til the deadline. I don't think we look at making a splash in FA until next year, when the crop of high-quality players will be much larger. The 3 year plan was predicated on us having a good enough core in place that we could just tack on a few pieces and compete. Pegula, DR, and co have realized that isn't the case and we needed significant upgrades at center before that could happen. We've filled that need with young players, which probably pushes that window a little bit unless they develop and mature really quickly.
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