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01-27-2013, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Schroedingers Cat View Post
Wings could be on the rise again as early as next season with careful management of the roster, use of buyouts, and luck in drafting\free agency.

I say, whatever happens with the playoffs and with drafting, we need to A. let Cleary go, and B. buy out CC and Samuelsson. Resign Brunner, Flip, and Howard promote Nyquist\Tatar full-time, and sign a decent top-4 D and top-six F.

Flip-Dats-Semin
Franzen-Zetts-Brunner
Nyquist-Helm-Tatar
Abdelkader-Scrub UFA-Bertuzzi
Eaves

Kronwall-Whitney
Ericsson-Smith
Quincey-Kindl

Howard

That third line would be hell on wheels.
Don't know if Semin is the answer, but I agree, this team can be moving in the right direction with an important move on defense and if we properly develop Tatar, Smith and Nyquist.

All three of these guys should be getting regular minutes in the NHL this year so that they are ready to be contributors when we do get our defense in shape.

This team has very important and potentially difficult decisions to make on Howard and Flip.

What if these guys want $5M a year? Do you pay it?

How do you improve your D when you spend that kind of money?

In the short term, we have a short window to be contenders IF we get a true Right-handed, top pairing defenseman.

The long term outlook -- for when Datsyuk leaves -- will depend a lot on Jarnkrok and Zetteberg's health or Holland's ability to get an elite center via trade or UFA

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