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03-19-2013, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
If Gillis isn't trying to find a bonafide 2nd line centre to insulate Kesler, he's the wrong guy for the job. Kesler has been healthy and performing once in his last 4 trips to the playoffs and his durability is a bigger concern than it's ever been. You can't rest the entire teams hopes on the health of a player that is never healthy when it matters. If you do, you'll live to regret it.

There is room to bring in a guy like Derek Roy at $5mil, it will just cost inferior players their spot on the team. Add Roy and Kesler to this group and you've just gone from 1 1st line centre, a 4th line centre and a couple of AHL centremen to having 3 1st line centremen and a 4th line centre. That takes this team to contender status instantly.

The price will be steep, but hopefully Gillis would be able to recoup some youthful assets in a Luongo deal, or potentially Raymond/Ballard as well.
And in this imaginary scenario, what if Roy wants more than 5m? Zajac got 5.75m. Weiss is looking for the same. You think Roy is going to cal demands at 5m, why?

And I completely disagree with your assertion of requiring a 2C to insulate Kesler. Teams can't operate under the premise that Kesler is a placeholder, no matter how injured he has been.

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