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12-30-2012, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
Which of these players, all of whom need new contracts soon, are not more important than Del Zotto?

Lundqvist
McDonagh
Staal
Girardi
Callahan
Stepan
Kreider
Hagelin

Keep in mind Nash and Richards will be on the books for the foreseeable future.

3 of your six defensemen are #1A players. A 4th, Stralman, is above average.

The above players will take up what percentage of the salary cap? A full roster needs to be iced.

Core cap casualties. Gaborik and Del Zotto.

No other core players are expendable.
Although I don't agree, one could argue that Hagelin is less valuable than Del Zotto. But Del Zotto is an important piece because if he can continue where he left off, he can become a great offensive two-way defenseman.

Imagine having Staal - Girardi and McDonagh - Del Zotto for the foreseeable future.

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