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03-31-2013, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCB View Post
If we trade for anyone, it should be a #6 for insurance in the case Raph isn't ready.

When Bourque returns, our line-up looks like;

Ryder - Plekanec - Gionta
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Galchenyuk - Eller - Bourque
Prust - Halpern - Moen

There really isn't much room for improvement there. Even if we suffer an injury, Prust moves up to the 3rd line and we have Armstrong come in.

On defense, there is lots of room to fit a solid, reliable bottom pairing guy or a even a guy with a little offensive upside. If Raph isn't ready, I very much doubt we're going with a rookie.

I could see with Bergevin parting with a 2nd rounder to acquire a solid defenseman (Regehr, Whitney, Babchuk, etc). Or paying a bit more for a guy like Smid or Fistric.

That's about all I see us doing. There's just no room otherwise, unless you want to bench Galchenyuk.
I see those top two lines and cringe about the playoffs. They'll get creamed.

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