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09-13-2006, 10:53 AM
Slew Foots
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I don't know...I see too many forwards capable of playing regularly in the NHL. Koivu, Higgins, Ryder, Kovalev, Samsonov, Ribeiro, Plekanec, Perezhogin, Johnson, Begin, Bonk...that's already 11 guys who've shown they can play everyday. Then you have guys like Kostitsyn, Murray, Grabovsky who I believe are all very close to being at that level. You even have wildcards like Chipchura, Latendresse or Lapierre who have an outside shot at making the team. I wouldn't be surprised to see a trade at some point during the season, just as I wouldn't be surprised if Carbo went the conservative route and guys like Kostitsyn and Grabo play most of the year in Hamilton.

However, my gut tells me both Kostitsyn and Grabovsky will be playing in the NHL regularly by the end of the season and the guy that's most likely to have been moved to make room is Ryder. Admittedly, I'm not his biggest fan, and I get the sense Gainey isn't either.

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