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02-02-2013, 01:48 AM
Sidney the Kidney
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
While looking at winger trade targets on teams bound to play a role in the playoffs, perhaps we could consider an alternative return from what we usually do...

How about we include Cooke or even Dupuis in the conversation? They are affordable and come off good seasons, are well established penalty killers and will be UFA's after this season (ie. either we get to overpay to keep them or we let them go for nothing).

I suppose right now one could say Kunitz also, but if/when he turns it around he is just a superior top6 option to Dupuis (otherwise we'd be creating a hole), and to some teams him being under contract for another year is an issue due to the cap-drop next year.

Say St.Louis will deal us Stewart because he is not really a third line forward nor particularly great defensively, they would obviously lose some offensive punch, but in getting Cooke for instance they would gain some on the defensive side and on the PK (also an experienced cup winner), whereas what they're losing they really have in great measure already.
Then one can add a good defensive prospect they can have long term use for like Dumoulin, and perhaps a 2nd rounder. Don't know if this is enough, but just to give an idea.

Because of the roster limit, I would rather give up a somewhat redundant established forward + futures in exchange for a top 6 forward than having to give up young cheap assets for very little (or free through waivers).
There's not a single veteran grinder on this roster that I wouldn't give up in a heartbeat if it meant acquiring a (potential) long term solution for our top six winger problem. If Cooke, Dupuis, or even Kunitz were part of the asking price to land one of these young scoring wingers that have been talked about in this thread, I'd be more than happy to see them gone.

What they bring to the table, while it obviously has some value, is a lot easier to replace than what a legitimate top six winger brings. So I'd hope Ray would never turn down a deal if it meant parting with one of them.

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