Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-25-2013, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by BradD View Post
The ones in bold I think have legitimate chances to get on the roster and succeed haha. The goalies are borderline starters in the sense as I don't want them to hurt Neuvirth/Holtby's chance of staying with the starting job and Nabokov might be too shakey as a backup.

Leopold and Clowe are dark horses. Smid is actually a decent defenseman. I would love to have Ryane Clowe on our team but I doubt he won't be resigned but he would fit nicely.

In my mind you shoot for Ryder, Leopold, and Clowe. I think Kundratek will be better with an improved season and while though Smid could be solid, he might ask for too much.

If we're lucky we'll end up with Leopold and Clowe. Clowe is a 2nd liner in San Jose with Havlat and Couture. That line is doing mad business right now. Ryder is okay but I would prefer Clowe over him any day.
Nabokov is still a legit starter, possibly top 20 in the league. Howard is a more than legit starter. Backstrom is a quality starter if not worldbeater as well.

Clowe is a must have if we make a play for Perry, which I think he should. I believe both are gonna at least test the open market. You need a good fighter on Perry's line to protect him and his linemates from all the **** he starts, and Clowe is the best top 6 caliber fighter around. There are no words to describe how dominant Clowe-Backstrom-Perry would be. Clowe-Backstrom-Ryder would be pretty good as well. All we need then is to put Ovechkin with guys who can let him play his game effectively and a lab-made 3rd and 4th lines tailored to a fast, defensive and physical game. Enter Clutterbuck, Winnik, Zubrus, Torres and whoever.

Smid would ask for too much but you need to bite the bullet sometimes. He represents an answer to a problem that has persisted far too long.
I wouldn't want Kundratek above a 7D next year. Let him work his way up.

Perry @ 8, Clowe @ 5 and Smid @ 4.75. There's worse ways to waste cap space. Like our bottom 6 and all our defense beyond Alzner, Carlson and Orlov.

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