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01-19-2013, 10:03 AM
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The trades we made brought players that know Tippet's system, which is arguably their most important asset in this compressed schedule. Lombardi(30) and Michalek(30) didn't cost roster players and helped mitigate the loss of FA Langkow(36) and Aucoin(39). The FA pick-ups Sullivan(38) and Moss(31) replacing Whitney(40) and Pyatt(31) are the greater unknowns on a team that relies so heavily on their system.
The fact that Maloney was able to bring in replacements that are younger in all but one case helps mitigate the rest of the roster adding a birthday.
I do see Rundblad being showcased until the trade deadline, and if we're in a good position then with ownership, looking at a talent infusion without giving up a core roster player.

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