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04-10-2013, 09:11 AM
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There appears to be no quick fix for next year since NHL and NCAA UFAs are slim pickings. Improvement hinging on some of the kids taking a big leap and the GM being able to turn up some sort of currently non-roster gem.

3rd/4th line defensively responsible PK/faceoff forward pulls the bottom 6 together a bit -- Boyd Gordon is at the top of the list for me. Trying to pry Brian Boyle out of NY would be another, perhaps an opportunity to buy lower than last year. We know first hand what Sobotka can do in that role when he ate up the Sabres in the playoffs a few years ago, again a case of trying to pry him out of a solid situation with the Blues. Jerred Smithson might also be someone to look at -- I can't see his QualCom and such at the moment but his faceoff numbers over the years as well as PK use are right there (yes, he's 34 and a Western Canadian guy, still a UFA though).

Internal growth -- auditioning Armia, Grigorenko, Girgensons, Larsson and Tropp going into camp as well as whoever they land at the top end of this year's draft -- is going to be big. Plausibly, they may have a mostly rookie type line (2/3rds) that they feed some easy minutes to.

Pysyk will need to continue stable play. McNabb needs to step up -- they could use his strengths (snarl, ability to pass the puck) without too many of his mistakes (turnovers, positioning) -- as well. There will be open roster spaces and on the job training next season.

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