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11-16-2012, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by JerseyGuy276 View Post
The organization has made it clear that they believe Wedgewood will have the abilities to take over the #1 position after Marty retires.

I'm glad you see my main point though. I don't see Zajac as that far below Kesler in terms of on-ice contributions (contracts aside) so to me it's Kassian and Schneider for Ilya Kovalchuk. Even if for some reason we'd be open to moving Kovy, we can't because he's our only top line winger right now.
Though he very rarely misses a game, I'd say Kesler is superior to Zajac if he wasn't so injury-prone. When healthy, I see Kesler as the better player fairly clearly, though I still think highly of Zajac. Zajac is also a UFA, though I doubt he would not re-sign in Jersey. I still see the Kovalchuk point and it's blindingly obvious he's untouchable at this point and I don't blame you guys for that.

re: Wedgewood. My organization once said they had a lot of confidence in Dan Cloutier's abilities. Still waiting to see the logic in that. But, it might be very hard to not trust your organization, historically one of the better ones since Lou took over in '88. That said, Wedgewood may be a good goaltender in the NHL one day...I'm not sure if he's decent #1 material. That will remain to be seen at least for me until he proves me wrong.

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