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07-19-2012, 12:38 PM
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I love Doan, but I'm leary of offering him more than 2 or 3 years (MAX), and even still, I think Semin brings more of a unique skill set.

I do believe that we have enough of a physical element to our team with guys like Neal, Cooke, Dupuis, Vitale, Kunitz, etc., and while clearly Tangradi is not as good as Doan, I think he is capable of providing that element of size & net-front presence. And obviously we have a fantastic group of leaders on our team, so Doan's leadership wouldn't be quite as vital as it would for other teams (i.e. Washington, Carolina, Vancouver, San Jose).

So based on organizational needs and strengths & weaknesses, I think Semin fills our needs better, and has more of a potential for a longer-term future if he performs well.

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