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10-23-2012, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Cogburn View Post
Exactly, his play here, as minimal as it may be, would outweigh what we get back from him. Unless a team really wants him, and there isn't really a lot of buzz from HFers on him, we should keep him and show that last year's improvement wasn't a fluke.
Ever from an Islander point of view, I see nothing wrong with that; even if the season started tomorrow.. ...the Islanders don't need to make a trade so bad now as they'll have the flexibility with the cap to poach players next offseason, as both Streit and Visnovsky come off the books.

Despite the occasional hiccup, I think the Isles can stay the course and pull a coup like Florida did a few offseasons ago, albeit to a smaller scale. One or two d-men to replace Streit & Visno, a little bit of attention to the top-9 (plus the Tavares Factor) and the Isles might do close to what the Senators did last year. One year after that and the pipeline starts gushing even more defensemen.

The Canucks are fine with Ballard and the Isles will show growth. Ballard would help, but the NYI prospect pool is what it is for a reason.

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