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01-15-2013, 01:37 AM
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I think Ottawa will test the UFA market before they trade for a non depth defenceman.

Edler would be great assuming Vancouver can't re-sign him/he wants to sign with Ottawa to play with Karlsson/Eugene's willing to open the wallet (my opinion is that he would). A lot of variables have to fall into place in order for that to happen although it's definitely possible.

Smid would fill the void that was left in my heart when we let A-Train walk but apparently he loves Edmonton (even marrying a local girl there). If the Oilers Board had any say he'd already be signed long term and with their biggest need being defence, I'm sure management intends on re-signing him. Unfortunately I don't see him coming to Ottawa.

I like both Yandle and his contract but Phoenix needs a center. I'd be willing to work a deal around Michalek (Reunite the brothers) but that leaves a hole on our top line. I think any deal for Yandle is best done after July 5th when the Murray's know if there's any chance they can sign a Top UFA like Edler/Perry (If that's even what they want to do).

I can't pretend to have seen Gormley play much but judging from what I've read it doesn't sound like Z-Bad + would be enough. However as long as Spezza/Karlsson/Lehner/Cowen/Silfverberg aren't requested I'm open minded.

Regarding Phoenix: basically it's to bad they need a center and not a goalie or prospects, would make things a little bit easier

I guess if I had voting privileges I'd choose Edler and Gormely as a long shot 2nd choice.

Also I don't see Ottawa starting to sign players to offer sheets any time soon so I don't consider Subban and Kulikov realistic possibilities.

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