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02-20-2013, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
I hope so, too.

And with Richards' situation. 34 yrs old after the 13-14 season, with 6 years remaining at 6.6 per.

Buy him out.

At that point Miller will have had two years NHL experience. Lindberg will most likely be here.

O'Reilly
Stepan
Miller
Lindberg

Finally growing a young group of two way centers.

Nieves soon after.

And on defense, Skjei, McIlrath, Barrie added to McDonagh, Girardi, and Staal. Maybe Stralman sticks around?

Long-term, losing Del Zotto doesn't hurt us. This season maybe.

I like Del Zotto. But something has to give, given the financials long-term and depth in one area and lack of it in others.

It makes a lot of sense when you put the puzzle pieces together.
Richards will be bought out if he is a liability after 2013/2014. Pretty sure that is the only realistic solution if the problem persists. Bt there are a lot of games to be played until then.
We can always find a #3/4 C too - if necessary. UFA market always can supply this. Or trades.
We can bring in stop gaps to fill in the #4 D as well
Del Zotto is not a real puck mover either
Has good offensive upside, is inconsistent (young) but not a real great player. I think his defense has looked pretty good this year though, much better than before.

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