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01-19-2013, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by BBKers View Post
Like you said, it is quite uncertain on the bottom D pairing plus the bottom 6. There is a lot of time that will change things the next 9 months until Training Camp begins for next year. Hopefully with a parade down Broadway as a peak!

The main point I was trying to make is that we realistically CAN retain our solid core & also resign our 3 key RFAs - then basically recruiting and tweaking all the minor roster changes from within the organization. Which is great! Or so it presently appears. It will be a very tight fit though... Glen consistently hardballing the RFAs up for their 2nd bridge-gap contracts is very beneficial here, but IMO that is not going to fly with McD. He will get a longer, Staal type deal. Also if Stepan and/or Hagelin have a great year - this all gets shot to Hades as well...
In a strange way, the lockout can help us here.

I mean, think about it - what is a "great" year for one of these guys? Let's say Hags really steps up his play to the point where he would've scored 30 goals in a regular 82 game season. That translates to what, 17-18 goals, this year? A single hot or cold streak can have a dramatic impact on the full year extrapolation.

That small sample size is going to make it really hard to argue for either Steps or Hags to get a significant increase over what you're projecting. Play well, get something between Dubi/AA money and DZ money this summer and then play for a bigger deal in 2015.

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