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03-04-2013, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Fat Tony View Post
Manny was a big part of the team up until his injury but I wouldn't call him a big fish. He was a third liner. The other two were on the downside of their careers. When attracting FAs, the hometown connection is a significant lever. I think it's a reason why Parise and Suter signed with the Wild. I don't think Vancouver is a stand out destination for FAs.
Yet it was never a consideration until Gillis arrived? Twilight or not, all of those players drew a lot of interest. Malhotra also drew a lot of interest despite being a 3rd liner because teams knew what he could do. Hell, he was considered for a Selke in his first season here. He was a fantastic player prior to his injury. Jordan Staal was probably the only 3rd line centre in the league that could compete with him.

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