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Marian Gaborik at 2013 Draft
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11-25-2012, 11:31 PM
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And adding Gaborik at a reasonable cost wouldn't make the Wild a contender?
It's not like we would be sending Coyle, Granlund, Spurgeon, Phillips, Brodin, Dumba, and everybody else for one year of Gaborik. At most it would be one of our blue chip prospects and some draft picks coming to New York + a top six forward. Playoff experience does wonders for developing prospects. Bad drafting under Riseborough is what killed our contending days, with studs like AJ Thelen, James Sheppard, Benoit Pouliot, and Colton Gillies taken in the first round with 15th and higher picks.
I think Matt Kassian and O'Sullivan in the second round deserves a mention too.
We've got the drafting down, but by the time our deep prospect pool develops, Parise, Suter, Koivu, Bouchard, and Gilbert will all be on the downslope of their careers. Gaborik could get us a Cup while we have a relatively young team. If it gets to the point where NYR is forced to trade Gaborik for salary reasons, they'd probably have won a Cup by then.
Nope. He wouldn't make them a Cup contender. Why? Because this team has more work to do on its blueline. Could they make the playoffs with their current defense? Possibly. Could they be a Cup contender with that blueline (even with Gabby?) No freaking way. It was pitiful last year, and even though we've got Suter on board, it's still a major work in progress.
And I would take Bouchard out of the equation, because he is one hit away from retirement. He's one of the biggest question marks on this team, and chances are the only way he stays next year is if he signs a 1-year deal for very cheap.
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