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02-23-2013, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ULF_55 View Post
3 year deal provides time for the juniors to earn a spot without needing to go to the market to pick up some gap players.

If any of the juniors are ready in 2 year those other guys can be traded with short term remaining.

None of the juniors have a 100% stamp on them.

Gunnarsson getting a 5 year contract would take him to about 31/32, and he has the best record of playing big NHL minutes of all the guys involved.
Those prospects aren't another 3 years away. Gardiner's on the team at the end of this year and he's better than every single one of those guys. Rielly was a final cut this year, he's probably makes the team next season.

That makes Kostka, Holzer and Fraser 6,7 and 8th defencemen. 1 or 2 of them are probably in minors next year. You don't sign those guys to long term deals.

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