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12-30-2003, 12:41 AM
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G Man 77
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Even if Parrish is hot they Isles could still trade simply because Milbury is under orders to cut the payroll. To them that is more important than even winning at this point.

Yashin is out, Peca wants out... and the owner has said cut payroll now: this team isn't making the playoffs, unless they really screw someone on a deal that allows them to improve WHILE cutting salary at the same time.

Parrish can be had.

If this were NHL 2004 I'd trade Koivu & Rivet for Parrish & Hamrlik (add a prospect or pick on either side to even it out).... then flip Hamrlik to Tampa who desperately wants him back along with Zednik & a prospect (Hossa for example) for Lecavalier who is on the outs with Totorella yet again.

Koivu, Rivet <---> Parrish, Hamrlik

then

Hamrlik, Zednik, Hossa <---> Lecavalier

New lineup this year:

Higgins-Lecavalier-Ryder
Bulis-Ribeiro-Dagenais
Sundstrom-Juneau-Dackell
Langdon-Begin-Ward

Lineup next year or after the strike:

Higgins-Lecavaliier-Balej
Perezhogin-Ribeiro-Dagenais
Bulis-???-Ryder
Langdon-Begin-Ward

??? = acquired in trade or UFA, Laperriere comes to mind.
And that still leaves us with Kastitsyn in the pipeline.

Of course this is real life, not a video game... so perhaps we trade Rivet for Parrish so we improve our RW situation and make room for Komi.

And that's where it ends for us.

Then NYI can deal one of their expensive top four D men for younger cheaper players... not that Rivet is cheap, but he does make a million less than Hamrlik for example.

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