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12-05-2003, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Puck
Normally, it would make good financial sense to let Alfie go as a UFA and just let the less expensive Havlat graduate up the ladder. But Alfie is very important to the Sens, more than the stats indicate. The Sens take a big step back losing Alfie. The Sens will make an effort to re-sign Alfie but not at any cost. If Alfie goes then Havlat stays. If Alfie signs a long term deal and Havlat starts to become too expensive... then I figure the Sens will deal down the road. Hossa is out of the question...don't even entertain thoughts.

All this is NOT for this season though...and if things work out, maybe not for next. IMHO.
If Alfie re-signs, I wonder if the Sens will re-visit putting Havlat on the left-wing. He never was that effective there, but the Martin didn't really experiment with it too much. Perhaps, they figured that once Alfie leaves, that Havlat would be back to his natural position anyways, and it was better to let him develop properly in the position he was most accustomed to. If Alfie's around long-term, then it makes more sense to get Havlat on the top two lines.

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