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05-27-2013, 09:09 PM
Miller Time
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I don't know that we'll have so much need for a UFA "splash" come 2014-15...

MaxPac - Galch - Gallagher
Bourque - Pleks - Kristo*
***- Eller - Leblanc*
Moen - Dumont/White- Prust

Subban - Gorges
Diaz - Tinordi*
Emelin - Beaulieu*

*obviously no guarantee that Kristo/Leblanc/Tinordi/Beaulieu are ready to seize those roles (or still with the organization), but if they progress even remotely as expected/positively (and in Kristo/Leblanc's cases, if they are still habs it's because they are filling those roles), then you could pencil them in to those spots (top-6 winger, 3rd-line winger, top-4 defensive dman, bottom pairing dman) pretty comfortably.)

Aside from trying to secure a rugged top-9 player (Callahan, Brown, Downie, Boyle, Bolland are potential UFA targets, but few of them will get to the open market in 2014), I don't think we'll have much need to shop on the UFA market to bolster the team.

I think we're both talented enough and deep enough over the next 2-3 years to either swing for the fences (malkin/datsyuk can play for any team any time) or focus on minor tweaks/adjustments to complement the core we have.

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