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05-02-2013, 12:53 PM
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Link to the Press Conference for those who have 35 minutes to burn.

Couple Notes:

-Rutherford basically ruled out drafting a defenseman at #5, and also seemed to rule out moving from that position.

-Said the player will be an impact player, and didn't explicitly say it, but the player is already penciled into the lineup for the fall.

-The decision on where Skinner will play (wing or center) will have a lot to do with what happens this summer, most likely with whether we draft a wing for center at #5

-Sounds like most of our UFA's will be let go, no big surprise there, with Ellis and MAB being the most likely to return, if any.

-Mentioned again how the team missed Allen and Spacek, wants to add 1-2 veteran defenseman, and thought Bellemore or Murphy could also take a spot in the top 6.

-Said they would consider moving top 6 forward for a top defenseman, but that the situation is highly unlikely to come along. Look more towards buyout candidates as likely veteran defensemen.

-Mentioned that we would be spending 60-61 million this year, that it's necessary to be "closer to the cap than floor" to be competitive in our new division.

-Muller mentioned specifically wanting guys who take pride in killing penalties, want players who know their role and take pride in that.

-Rutherford made it sound like it was completely Chad's decision to skip his exit interview, but that it didn't preclude his return.

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