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01-02-2013, 05:44 PM
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It would of course suck not to be able to give this group of players 2 seasons to go at it. The more freedom you have the better, that's always the case.

But, even if Gabby isn't traded, for all we know he might refuse to waive his NTC -- that's why he got it to start with -- or Slats/Torts want to keep him, the other options aren't bad either. You get paid for what you give up. That's all I am saying. Just for example, if we trade Cally, McD, Girardi or Staal, we could get a return that match what we give up. I mean, and again just for example, we wouldn't trade Marc Staal or McD for like two b-tier prospects and a 2nd round pick. If Slats would decide to trade Marc Staal to say a PHX, with a new owners looking to head start the rebuild, we could possibly get like Gormley and a 1st in return.

Boston was forced to dump Phil Kessel and got Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin to show for it...

My point is just, its not a nightmare to have too many good players. We have some flaws on our roster. Mainly no RH PPQB. But could also upgrade in other areas. We are loaded on LD. In the PO's, we only had one center who produced.

What could we get if we moved any of the following pieces:
-Staal or McD?
-Stepan and or MDZ?

I really like that Ryan Murphy kid in Carolina. Right handed, world class PPQB. I have a very hard time seing him not becoming a top 5-10 scoring D in this league. Sure, it would suck tremendously to loose Marc Staal, but it would feel a little better if we like got Ryan Murphy and a couple of 1st's from Carolina for him...

Would EDM trade Nail Yakubov staright up for Staal?

Could we get Bjugstad from Florida for Stepan?

Staal to EDM for Yakubov and Stepan and Boyle to FLA for the rights to Bjugstad and Kulikov:

...and all the cap-space in the world...

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