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11-22-2012, 08:47 PM
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Kris Chreider
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This is a very, very nice FA crop.

Minnesota could be poised to become a SC favorite. I'm thinking Bouchard will resign here, he's been the face of our franchise along with Koivu and Gaborik (before he left), and he'll probably finish his career here. With Cullen likely retiring, that frees up 3.5m, Backstrom might get a one or two year deal for 4m-5m/year, why lose our best goalie when we're in win now mode? I can see us maybe pursuing a center like Antropov, Zubrus, or Filppula to replace Cullen, but Fletcher will be coming hard after Ds like Leipold and Edler especially. Don't know about Edler signing with a major division rival though.

McDonagh is an RFA this offseason, a 1st and 3rd wouldn't be too much to give up, and I'm sure he'd like to come home to Minnesota. Sather is known for hard balling RFAs. He'll probably match though.

Our 2013/2014 lineup would be pretty stacked:

Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Bouchard-Granlund-Setoguchi/Coyle
Zucker-Zubrus/Antropov/Filppula/-Coyle/Setoguchi
Konopka-Brodziak-Clutterbuck
Kassian-Powe-Mitchell

Suter-Gilbert
Leipold/Edler-Spurgeon
Scandella-Falk/Stoner (maybe Dumba?)

Backstrom
Harding
Hackett

Coyle would make Seto expendable, so I'm guessing Seto will be traded for an upgrade down the right D side.

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