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12-29-2012, 09:31 AM
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Defense is a big ? with Viz and Streit being free agents.
Defense is a bit of a mess at this point and not as far along as the forwards.
Hamonic A.MacDonald Carkner are the three NHL defenceman under contract after this season.
I think de Haans injury threw a monkey wrench into things as I believe the plan was to have him have a full season in AHL this season and make the jump next year. Now I think he has to rehab and prove he can handle the physicality of AHL for an entire season Next year before they can think about moving up to the NHL.
Other potential blueliners: Donovan, Wishart, Ness, Katic (if he comes back), Cantin is under contract but I don't see him getting a chance.
The more I think about it, I think Griffin Reinhart has a very good chance of being in the NHL next season. I'm not saying I agree with it, but based on needs, and lack of other options, he has to be considered.
For Striet to come back he is going to have to accept a 1 or 2 year deal at less money than he is currently making, otherwise he can take a walk. He isn't the player he used to be and is only getting older.
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