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07-04-2012, 07:36 AM
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And then the deals will start. Every team has to wait and see where Parise and Suter land.
IMO Franson's a good 30-35pt 3rd or 4th D. We don't really need him, but we could definitely use him in a 4 or 5 role. Right now our D depth is:
We're in a position to get a decent return for him and IMO it sounds like he's already pencilled into a larger deal that's imminent once the Parise/Suter saga finishes. I can still realistically at least one of Gunnarson and Franson gone, Komisarek waived or dumped for a cap-floor team in need of depth on their blue line, and one blue liner brought it with more sandpaper. I'm thinking someone like
Niklas Hjalmarsson (1987) Height 6.03 -- Weight 205 -- Shoots L
Douglas Murray (1980) Height 6.03 -- Weight 240 -- Shoots L
Johnny Oduya (1981) Height 6.00 -- Weight 200 -- Shoots L
Brooks Orpik (1980) Height 6.02 -- Weight 219 -- Shoots L
Anton Volchenkov (1982) Height 6.01 -- Weight 227
These or these types of D that provide a combination of size, sandpaper and physicality with experience and leadership.
I could see Murray or Hjalmarsson being on Burke's radar, but I don't think New Jersey is interested in moving Volchenkov or that Pittsburgh will move Orpik. Also, didn't Oduya just sign a big extension with Chicago?
I would love to see a trade with San Jose that would send us Douglas Murray and Joe Pavelski. I'm not sure what we'd need to give up to do that though. A trade like that would address our hole at center and would shore up the back end with more size and toughness.
This team desparately needs to get rid of Connolly and Lombardi. Neither of these guys have any future with this team and with such a weak group of free agents this year likely have more significant trade value than usual. Once Parise is gone their value could increase more as teams try and solidify and address certain positions in their lineups.
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