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03-11-2013, 12:02 PM
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The whole system needs to change. The d-men get pinned down for shifts at a time, and they rarely attempt to skate the puck out. Like Jame said it's too much passing the puck around to FWs that get trapped on the wall.

Regehr and Leopold need to go anyway. They won't be useful by the time this ship gets turned around (or now actually) so get the standard draft picks for them. I'd like to try and get a d-man prospect but it's probably more practical and likely to take those picks and package them later for the player you want. Go with 57, 10, 44, 52, 6, 33, 27 and bringing up McNabb only in case of injury.

An evaluation will have to made about the prospects. McNabb and Pysyk probably don't end up being difference makers for this organization, just younger versions of a physical and a steady two-way d-man. Difference makers will have to come through trade, so that means 26/29/30 or high draft picks to get them...likely lateral moves. I'd rather collect picks and prospects and put a huge focus on scouting and drafting the right players, and hope they pan out in 2-3 years. There's not much more option with little cap room and few players with high trade value.

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