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07-02-2012, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
Fair enough. He's a gamble, for sure. Maybe give them actual assets for Bozak instead?

If Detroit grabs both of Parise and Suter, I wonder if Filppula might become available. Or really if any decent player might become available if the two sign somewhere as a package.

Not much beyond Jokinen available on the UFA market. I mean, he'd be an amazing pick up, but it's probably a long shot. Who knows, maybe Jokinen will sign in Buffalo and Roy will be made available.

We do need another center though. And we need one closer to Vermette than to Gordon.
I see room for a center and a wing. Honestly, even with Chipchura as the fourth center, this is an upgrade over last year's center corps. Vermette is just such a huge improvement over Langkow or Turris or whoever that they can get by with a scrub down there. If they can bring in someone even on Gordon's level, I think center depth is a strength. It might even be Miele, though I doubt it.

Wing is where I see a definite need for a top six guy. Boedker, Vermette, Hanzal and Vrbata are guaranteed top six minutes this year. Ditto for Doan if he comes back. All of those guys are more than capable in that role. There's a pretty steep drop off from there, though. Torres or Moss or Korpikoski can probably fill in, but they're all much better suited for bottom six roles.

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