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03-31-2013, 12:47 PM
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Diaz is not even skating. At this point you have to approach it as if his season is done.
6th D = Weber, Kaberle, Tinordi, Beaulieu, or Pateryn
The 2nd PP unit consists of Bouillon/Gorges (maybe Emelin), but probably going to be Subban/Bouillon down the stretch.
Ryan Whitney might be a good fit but not sure what Edmonton is asking in return though. If Douglas Murray could return two 2nd rounders, the asking price for ANY defenseman may be overkill, but that's the market.
That said, if any of our top 5 D gets injured, which is highly possible, that leaves a gaping hole. Unless MB is willing to allow Kaberle (the only vet) to play in the PO, with an injury, we're currently looking at Weber + 1 of the AHL callups on the starting roster. Suddenly our D depth is not looking good at all.
Beaulieu and Tinordi are untouchable, the former becoming Markov's replacement and the latter becoming a huge upgrade on Bouillon once Bouillon retires/goes to another team. Dietz is untouchable after the season he just had. Any other D prospect, MB needs to be willing to part with since roster spots will be limited ESPECIALLY with a deep draft this year. Problem is their value will be low.
I would consider Dan Boyle or Bouwmeester if the price is right. A 1rst rounder, a 3rd rounder and Dalton Thrower (or maybe Collberg and we ask for a 5th in return). Doubt this will ever get done, but at a 6.6 - 6.8M cap hit, I don't think Boyle or Bouwmeester could return too much more than that. This is not a Now or Never mentality as we could always ship them off next year and get two decent draft picks back.
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