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03-24-2013, 11:47 PM
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The Perfect Human*
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If Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo are both unsigned come July 1 - I'd focus my concentration on Shattenkirk.

1) Teams are going to be lining up for Pietrangelo, and STL is going to make it their focus to get this guy re-signed/match an offer sheet

2) This leaves Shattenkirk - who is literally almost at Pietrangelo's level. He becomes expendable if they have to pay a premium to play Pietrangelo. Their internal cap dictates this. He's been playing with Jackman for most of the past couple seasons, and together they've operated at the level of a 1st pairing. Shattenkirk-Smid would be a pairing I'd bill as our #1 if they were to ever be assembled.

3) I'd offer Shattenkirk 5.75-6.25M, and happily give up the picks. Then to make this all affordable for the future, I'd trade Eberle and his 6M+ in a package for depth (something like Eberle+ for McDonagh).

Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky
MPS-Gagner-Yakupov
____-RNH-Ward

Smid-Shattenkirk
McDonagh-Petry
Fistric-J.Schultz

Voila, a legitimate top pairing, a legitimate 2nd pairing, and elimination of some of the clutter within our top-9 forwards.


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