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01-19-2013, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
1. I wouldn't give Subban 6M either, and apparently we're not alone. I think the situation with him is like Weber. Only way you're getting him is through a trade.

2. Shero has a **** load of flexibility. In terms of prorated space, I think he can add something like 15M in salary ( I thought more before, but I think it's like 15M at the deadline). He's got so many assets that he could add a guy like Iginla, a guy like Kulemin, and a playoff defenseman (a 3/4 guy) AND still have more than half of his premium trade assets left over. The real question is whether he'll go for it, because he hasn't been in this type of cap position since 2008, and he's never had this much to work with in terms of assets he'd conceivably move in a deal.
Kirk, I know you've been critical of Shero for standing pat around the deadline last season. Which is fair. But I still feel like that was the exception and not the rule.

Rather than get into a debate about what constitutes a "risk-taking" move by the front office in the past few years, I think we can both agree that this spring will be a critical juncture for Shero in how he sets up the team for a run at the Cup *this year.* With cap space to spare and other teams having to worry about the cap ceiling drop next season, it's a prime opportunity to make some deals and put this team in the best position to succeed in the playoffs.

I'll be right there with you if Shero, Botterill and company aren't able to take advantage of the situation. For the time being, I still think they'll be able to do it.

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