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02-11-2013, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by coolasprICE View Post
huge few weeks coming up, will dictate the direction we take approaching trade deadline.
Really shouldn't...

While any team can win any year (especially with a goalie like Price), our roster isn't deep or skilled enough to view this year as anything more than an opportunity to further build roster depth/talent.

Add the shortened season factor, and doing anything but making longterm focused moves would be foolish & indication that the new leadership is not any more focused than the previous group.

Aside from Pleks, gorges & Markov(always listening of course), all of our vets should be shopped, cole and gionta should only be moved for quality returns, but bourque/kaberle/bouillon/Armstrong/moen/budaj should all be available for any return involving picks or reclamation projects (young guys like ellerby, who have failed to live up to expectations)

If we can come out of the deadline with 2-3 more top-90 picks, and a prospect/young nhler or two, I've got no problem finishing the year with guys like Eller & weber getting bigger minutes/roles... Even if we miss the playoffs in the process (which we could easily end up doing while standing pat)

Next year, we should no longer see in our lineup:
1 or 2 of bourque/cole/gionta
Both kaberle & bouillon
1 or both of moen/Armstrong

the more we can squeeze out of the guys who will be moving on, the better.

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