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06-12-2013, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by McNasty View Post
They have the cap space under the assumption that Bryz and Briere are bought out, and Meszaros is traded for anything. Streit obviously replaces Mez in that sense, but you still have 2 holes in the lineup that need to be filled. With Mez, Pronger, Bryz, and Briere all removed, and Streit signed at 5.5 they have a shade over 9M in cap space with no starting goalie, and you haven't done anything to improve your forwards other than hope Schenn and Couturier break out offensively.

A starting goalie and top 6 aren't exactly holes we can fill from within so those have to be acquired as well. If you overpay Streit you're going to have a hard time filling those spots without trading roster players (or without ****ing your cap situation when your superstar is due for an extension).

Mark Streit is a good stop gap solution so that the team can potentially draft and develop a puck moving defenseman, but Mark Streit isn't the type of player who's going to turn them into a legitimate Stanley Cup Contender, not with the other holes they have (with no way of filling them other than acquiring players not currently on the roster).
Well Mason will most likely go into next season as our starter. Like someone else mentioned, they could sign someone like Backstrom or Thomas for cheap to backup Mason or start most games if Mason doesn't pan out.

As far as the top 6 goes,

Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek
Read-Schenn-Simmonds

Schenn and Hartnell are question marks, but Schenn showed that he can produce offensively. He just has to find some consistency, and not playing with Briere should help with that. And Hartnell, his injury really screwed him up this year, but I think he can bounce back. All in all, that's not a bad top 6.

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