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09-10-2012, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Chancellor Vitale View Post
That is mostly true. There are a decent share of big name guys next year (guys we've talked about a lot during trade season etc), but it's almost always the case the big guns get signed before you ever have a shot at them, including at the deadline. The list will be shorter next June. Although if there's a lockout, maybe not in this particular case. I don't think players can be re-inked when there's no CBA, right?
That's true in terms of the lock out. Still, it's not like Ray Shero knew that when he decided to trade Staal. I hated losing Staal, but it was a damn good deal under the circumstances and I'm not convinced we are any less of a contender this year as last. If we have a real season, Shero will make a move to bring in a winger and defensive depth if needed.

On the flip side, I am genuinely excited to see what Staal can do in a prominent offensive role for the Canes.

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