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05-10-2013, 07:37 AM
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CGG
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We're not getting Clowe or Clarkson or other big time UFA names out there. Think smaller scale, 3rd and 4th liners, shorter term deals. These guys are more realistic:

1. Viktor Stalberg
2. Bryan Bickell
3. Boyd Gordon
4. Some guy who gets bought out.

You're not getting rid of DD, and you don't need to, he's not that bad. $3.5 million is not a crazy amount of money. With a $64.3 million cap, the average salary on a cap team is $2.8 million. Factor out the backup goalie, # 7 defense and # 13 & # 14 forwards, and you can spend $3.3 million per player on average. So $3.5 million to DD is not crazy.

Eller solves the "size" issue down the middle, he'll take on a bigger role. He's your new # 2 centre, if that makes anyone feel better, and DD will be # 3.

Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Gallagher are all potentially first line wingers. Yes, Galchenyuk, at least one more year on the wing. Look for a step up in production.
Bourque and Gionta are 2nd liners at worst.

We still have fairly good scoring depth, even if Ryder doesn't come back.

Bergevin is not going to be swinging for the fences here, look for him to fill in holes on the 3rd and 4th lines, that's it.

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