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04-24-2013, 01:14 PM
Andrew Knoll
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A LW with a netfront presence would be big. That is what they need out of Penner right now and probably why he wasn't moved. Under Murray they had two guys that could get to the front, screen the goalie and chew up space with Smyth and Handzus. They could stand to get that, more consistent traffic, although that seems to be a dying art with guys like Knuble, Holmstrom, Smitty, et al getting pretty old and even retiring.

If there is a good value on defense, that's always a good signing, but is there ever really one on the open market?

Not so much an urgent need but it's time to start thinking about a top-six winger long term. Maybe it's Toffoli, maybe it's someone else. You look at their top six, Penner is a likely departure right now, Williams quite possibly either in a year or two more when his deal expires. Between that and the versatility of guys like Brown and Carter, a winger on either side seems lke a good move if the right guy is there. But personally I think Toffoli will get a chance to play considerable minutes next year and a role guy with a big body will chew up the balance of the minutes.

Danny Duberstein is good at two things ...
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