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04-05-2013, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Miokid View Post
I'm hoping to get either Mac or Barkov.
Both in my mind could turn this sad group around. I mean, currently, Calgary has no 1st line and it is pretty apparent playing night in/out.

My targets this free agency are Flipper and Horton. As well as if Iggy wants to come. But no love lost if he doesn't.

I believe that guys like Tanguay are useful, he's signed to a cap friendly long term contract that other teams might be willing to move pieces for. I mean, Erat plays a different type of game of course, but if his numbers can garner a very high end prospect, I think Tanguay should be able to bring a very solid defense prospect back.

Either way, my ideal lines for next year would be:

Sven - Mac/Barkov - Horton
Backlund - Filppula - Hudler (2 center line, never a bad thing, also: 57.7; 'nuff said, I know it's guarded, but still)
Glencross - Stajan - Cammi or Stemp (One has to be dealt imo)
Jackman - Bouma - Grats
+'s are Begin and Aliu; depending on fourth line play.

Defense, would require a hockey trade using Cammy and/or Tanguay. Because our defense is pretty bad lol (*cough* 8 goals *cough*)
IMHO, Filppula should absolutely be a target for Calgary. He fits Hartley's system well, and he has excellent chemistry with Hudler (currently Calgary's best forward). Although I do think your Backlund/Flip/Hudler line would be #1 - at least to begin with. I would also suggest switching Backlund and Bart; there's no way of knowing how well Mac/Barkov do on faceoffs right off the bat (and may even need to start on the wing), plus the fact that Backlund is better defensively and would allow Mac/Barkov a little offensive freedom while they find their defensive game.

To me, Cammalleri seems to make the most sense in a trade; Glencross/Stajan/Stempniak still has offensive punch, but Stempniak is the better defensiv player and makes it a better defensive line. Cammalleri being around gets in the way of having the younger guys - Bart, Mack/Barkov, Flip, Hudler, and even Glencross, Backlund, and Stajan - play PP minutes. He also has decent value right now, and will likely have significantly less as next season goes on. Dealing him for a youngish 3/4 defenseman (or more), would be prudent.

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