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02-19-2013, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by dats81 View Post
We have an abundance of young talented two-way centers but just because you have plenty of something that does not automatically mean that they you are set for the next couple of years and that there are no urgent needs. For instance they are still lacking a responsible bottom 6 center who can win a fair share of defensive faceoffs and be trusted in critical minutes.

And they need Veteran guidance, older players who can absorb some of the adversity and lead by example. They have already lost Pronger, then Jagr, Timonen will be gone shortly and if Briere is bought out they will have to sign an adequate replacement - not necesarily in terms of production but as a role model and such characters are not exactly easy to find. I understand that Briere is definitely overpaid for what he puts on the scoresheet but unless Homer puts them in cap hell again, you don't buy him out right now...maybe next season when Simmonds, Voracek, Read are a year older and ready to take on a leadership role themselves.
I sort of see you point...except Briere's 6.5 mill can go a long way to replacing other needs. First off, that 6.5 could go to Perry. Who would you rather have? Or the $ could go to a Clarkson and Smid...fill 2 holes. It gives you options. The only way I keep him next year is if he is moved to the wing this year an produces...which has been an issue in the past. The time is now to have G, Schenn and Couts as our C's.

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