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01-27-2013, 10:02 AM
Join Date: Dec 2012
as good as yandle is, i think the sens will target a stop gap, #4/5, right shot, puck moving defenseman and wait to see how ceci pans out. our left side is solid long term (cowen two years, rfa - methot three years, ufa - phillips two years, ufa - wiercioch one year, rfa - borocop one year, rfa - claesson three years, rfa). we are weak long term on the right side though (karlsson seven years, ufa - gonchar one year ufa - benoit one year ufa - lundin one year, ufa - ceci three years, rfa - gryba two years, rfa).
so our defense next year could look like
methot - karlsson
cowen - gryba
phillips - ceci
if no moves are made and people aren't resigned. we could play someone on their off-side (wiercioch, because he's a puck mover, or give rookie ceci top four minutes and put gryba on the third pairing), but as i said earlier, a stop gap to let ceci play another year in the ohl, then a year in the ahl, or maybe he'll be ready for bottom pair minutes next season.
in conclusion (tl;dr), the sens need someone to play the other side, perhaps just until ceci is ready. why pay the assets to get yandle when we could either use those assets to fill a real need, or use fewer assets on a stop gap?
oh yeah, trading for yandle then flipping him for a real need isn't smart. we just payed for him, so we could cut out phoenix and deal directly for the player we want. i don't think we'd get the same value we payed for him after we acquire him. i feel other teams will be unwilling to pay the same price we did.
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