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NHL expansion draft would cause tough decisions
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12-02-2012, 10:24 AM
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I need more information about who'd be available. Is it only players on one-way deals? If so, that takes Hodgson, McNabb, Pysyk, Girgensons, et al. off the table. As of right now, I'd probably protect Enroth just because he's so low-cost; not so sure I'd do so after this year when he gets a new contract. But, assuming I had to decide next week:
Goaltenders: Miller, Enroth
Defensemen: Myers, Sekera, Ehrhoff [though I still dislike the term of that deal, and would be tempted to exclude him if we had one more good defenseman on a one-way deal]
Forwards: Pominville, Vanek, Stafford, Ott, Ennis, Gerbe, Kaleta
Assuming you're right about 2 way deals, I think your list is pretty good. I'd have no problem losing Leino or Leopold. Both seem pretty easily replaceable.
If Hodgson needs to be protected, then he'd replace Gerbe. Surprisingly it doesn't seem like the Sabres would need to make too many hard decisions. It'd be interesting to see what other teams would have to give up. Those expansion teams don't look very competitive but I question their drafting if they don't take Sekera.
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