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05-17-2006, 11:09 AM
Blind Gardien
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There are lots of guys around this summer in that more gritty depth player category, and I at least hope Gainey will be looking at them. While it's all well and good to appreciate our own kids like Murray, Lapierre, or even Ferland, I think that it's best to have some experienced grit around too.

I like Halpern a lot, but I'm not sure that his health is where it needs to be for a veteran gritty pickup.

Langenbrunner is my #1 FA choice of all, but he might be too elite to even be listed in this thread.

There are more veteran guys like Dallas Drake and Scott Mellanby, and more overlooked guys like Jamal Mayers, Marc Chouinard, Serge Aubin, Jay Pandolfo, Alyn McCauley, Scott Thornton, Chris Clark, Brian Willsie, and many others too. It's an area of "depth" in the UFA market this year, I guess, so if Gainey sees that as a need, I think it should be easy enough to pursue it and fill it.

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