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08-22-2012, 12:13 PM
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Yeah therein kinda lies the problem with it being Martin. They're pretty close to the cap, and outside of it being Dany Heatley (who if Martin was involved we could afford at this point) they wouldn't be able to fit Martin into their pay structure and leave some wiggle room.
I really, honestly think at this point with the Pens, the most likely target from the Wild is not Setoguchi, it's Heatley. We have the cap space to take him on (especially if Martin was involved which he would be I think just based on talent levels), and it's only a two year deal, meaning Letang's and Malkin's extensions would not be affected. We'd have to add some to Martin obviously, but I think that's the deal to be made.
My thought process I guess was something like Martin and Maatta/Harrington for Heatley. That clears out some cap space for the Wild, gives them a position of need at top 4 D, and gives them another D prospect to bring along because after Brodin I believe their cupboard is pretty bare (depending on your opinion of Tyler Cuma). The Pens get their winger for Sid. It's not perfect. Heatley needs to rebound a little. Martin needs to rebound from the Wild's end. But I think that's pretty fair right now...
This makes sense, but I don't know how quick Shero would be to pull the trigger on any trade involving Martin at this point. Right now, we really can't afford to let any of our 'experienced' D go until we've seen what the kids can do. My guess would be that he'd try to wrangle something around Strait and/or Bort + something. Although, who knows, maybe Yeo really wants Lovejoy.
Yeah, prolly not.
But, seriously, I think whatever Shero's trying to do now involves prospects in some way. Then, again, he may just want to move Martin while it's only one poor season against the balance of what has otherwise been a pretty good career.
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