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08-03-2012, 04:50 PM
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I would hope the Arnott is just one of many backup plans that Mike Gillis has in case Doan doesn't sign.

Scenario 1

Ideally we get Doan and have have traditonal top 6 scorers and bottom 6 centered by Lappierre/Malhotra/+ possibly another lowerend UFA/trade for a defensive/project center(Jochen Hecht/Gilbert Brule/Daymand Lankow) and Schroeder fills in for Kesler between Doan and Booth

Scenario 2
If we don't get Doan, you go for a center more in the 2B mold. Someone who is decent defensively and who can get the puck to our plethora of support wingers on the second unit powerplay(a opposite of kesler offensively would be the best fit) this would most likely have to be through the Loungo trade(or seperate trade) though as there is no players of this description left in UFA. Also in addition to this 2B center you sign another support winger, someone either with size or playmaking ability or both(Ales Kotalik?) to push Raymond down to the 4th line so that it consists of Raymond/Malhotra/Lappierre/Kassian on any given night.

Scenario 3
I believe this is where Arnott should come into play; where no 2B center is aquired and niether is Doan so we sign Arnott to battle with Schroeder for the #2 center spot until kesler is back, and once he was, Arnott would slot in as #3 center unless Schroeder outplayed him by a significant margin.

In all 3 plans Schroeder is first call up in the event of injury to the top 6 once Kesler is back

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