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04-15-2013, 09:56 PM
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As others have mentioned, Hall, Ebs, Nuge, Yak, Schultz, Smid and Klefbom are highly unlikely to be available. Everything else would be on the table, including the pick which as of tonight is 6-8th (but again unlikely short of being packaged into a blockbuster). Some moves I'd be interested in (hopefully reality based):

Gagner, Paajarvi for Yandle. It was rumoured to have been discussed on the draft floor last year, with PHX declining. Gagner has taken a big step forward in terms of rounding out his game and producing consistently. Paajarvi a much smaller step, but still a positive one. Yandle has maintained his status as a very good offensive Dman, but soft and average on the defensive side of the puck. Pretty much what J Schultz seems slated to become.

Hemsky (2.5 mil absorbed) for Peverley. Neither has had a very good season, but both have something to offer help to the other team's weakness. Peverley can win draws, Hemsky can run a PP. With half the hit absorbed, BOS would save 500k in a season they need to get Rask extended. Peverley is under contract for 2 seasons, the perfect amount of time to fill in the 2C role until Monohan is ready (assuming we get him in the draft).

Offer our 2nd + Pitlick for Setoguchi. Minny needs cap flexibility if they are going to re-sign Backstrom. Frees up 3mil and gives them back a pick seeing as how they gave up their 1st. Setoguchi only has 1 yr left on his deal.

Sign Viktor Stalberg. No guarantee he gets to UFA, but he's big, fast, plays a solid physical game and produces in a 3rd line role (14 mins per game last 2 years, good for 20G, 40pts). On our team I think he could be a 2nd line LW. Gladly offer 2.5-3mil per.

Hall-Nuge-Yak (The # 1 line)
Stalberg-Peverley-Ebs (Peverley and Ebs looked good together at Worlds 3 yrs ago)



Not a drastic improvement, but improved D, size, speed and grit up front and overall depth (much stronger 3rd line IMO). Relies on the young guns to continue to grow/have bounce back seasons, but I think it's a playoff calibre team if they do.

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