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03-25-2013, 11:55 AM
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Ribeiro is easily the best fit among the centers on the free agent market. The only other real options would be Roy or Brad Richards if New York buys him out. Weiss is coming off of a major injury, and is still likely to command a ridiculous paycheck that would put the team in just as much of a cap bind as keeping Ribeiro. Filppula has been playing mostly left wing for Detroit this season, and has returned to his ~40pt norm. He'd be essentially redundant with Johansson, but at a much higher cost. Heck, the rumors are stating he's asking for $5M+, so he'd hardly offer any savings compared to Ribeiro.
So that puts us in the trade market for a new 2C if we lose Ribeiro. In that case, a portion of the asset gain we get for Ribeiro would be neutralized by having to spend assets to acquire a new 2C. Grabovski isn't a bad option, but still costs $5.5M against the salary cap and wouldn't be given away for free. Nor is he as good as Ribeiro.
MacKinnon, Barkov, Lindholm, Monahan... problem solved.
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