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05-05-2006, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Legolas
I would be absolutely floored if we don't at least make a competitive offer to Chara, Redden or Kubina. Maybe we won't get any of them, maybe they'll all re-sign with their teams before we can make any offers, but I think if they hit the market, we'll be players for them. One puck moving defenceman would improve this team so dramatically my mind spins just thinking about it.
I don't disagree, but as much as I would like to have another top D-man, I think our biggest problem is strength down the middle. After Koivu suffered from injuries both in the regular season and in the playoffs this year, we looked weak. Ribeiro, Plekanec and Bonk, while they all made strides in improvement during the course of the year, are incapable of filling the void. Perhaps Plekanec will be eventually, but I'd be more comfortable in the interim with a quality #1 or #2 center to spread the offense out more.

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