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01-22-2013, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Hook View Post
It can be done that's why Shero went after Suter and Parise last summer. He just has to be creative and also see the big picture.

Martin isn't going to be around much longer and that should cover some of Letang's raise.

Staal is gone and that should cover some of Malkin's raise.

Orpik will not be paid like a top 4 D for much longer and the savings should cover a raise for whatever young D develops into that top 4 role.

Not to mention you can get rid of guys like Kennedy if there are better options available and save 2 million there. Same with Vokoun.
Yeah, it can be done on paper, but it leaves you with little flexibility on the face of inherent uncertainty. For example, Sutter will need a raise, and it's awfully hard to predict how much. You can always find dirt cheap guys for the bottom six, but you might end up disappointed with what you get out of them. And what if our D prospects do end up underwhelming? It's unlikely that they all end up bums but it's possible that none of them end up being great. Then all of a sudden defense is a weakness with little recourse to improve it. It'd be more prudent to go for a shorter term fix while looking to take fliers on some younger guys.

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