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02-13-2013, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
Markov for a 1st round pick
Cole for a 1st round pick
Bourque for a 1st round pick
Gionta for a 1st round pick
Plekanec for a 1st round pick

The cup will be ours!
not that I'm a fan of moving either Pleks or Markov for just a 1st... but if you think about it, having 6 first round picks, plus 3 2nd round picks, in a draft that has 4-6 guys in the top ten that look to be slam dunk future elite players & has scouts buzzing for the quality of depth in the top half of the draft (much like 2003), would be a pretty robust way to build a contender pretty quickly.

with 9 top-60 picks, a smart GM could easily get into the top-10, probably twice (not too mention if any of those 6 ended up top-10), and still keep a few other top-60 picks.

MaxPac - Desharnais - xxx
xxx - Eller - xxx
Prust - Galch - Gally
Moen - White - xxx

Subban - Gorges
Emelin - Diaz
Weber - Tinordi/Kaberle


That's what we'd have left, plus ~23M$ in cap space (and the luxury of having Galch/Gally/Tinordi + another large crop of top-end young talent, all on ELC for the next 3-5 years).

4/5 physical dman: pick up one of Smid/Regher/Murray to solidify the defense (2-3 years) ~3-4M$
top-line fwd: throw big money at one of Semin/Perry/Clarkson (4-6 years) - ~6-7M$
top-6/9 wingers: throw money at 2 of Gagne/Clowe/Bouchard/Cleary/Macarthur (2-4 years) ~10M$ for both

it would be pretty hard to find 4-5 players worth spending 23M$ on, trades are also a possibility (made much easier by the 9 top-60 picks)

MaxPac - Desharnais - Perry/Semin/Clarkson
- Eller + 2 new wingers
Prust - Galch - Gally
Moen - White - Dumont

Subban - Gorges
Smid/Regher/Murray - Diaz
Weber - Emelin

that's a roster that is just as much a playoff team as our current one, AND would have that massive influx of elite prospects being slowly injected into the lineup over the next 2-4 years.

jeez... i know you were being sarcastic, but really, if we could walk out of this season with 23M$ in cap space and 5 extra first round picks, it would be HARD for any GM to not manage to build a perennial contender in a very short period of time.

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