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06-22-2013, 08:49 PM
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mike14
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Originally Posted by Matt4776 View Post
We really don't need much this offseason.

Trade DZ for a top-6 winger, and roll with:

Kreider-Stepan-Nash
xx-Brassard-Callahan
Hagelin-Lindberg-Fast/Miller/Thomas
Pyatt-Boyle-Dorsett

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Stralman
Moore-Eminger/McIlrath

The only "assumption" with this roster is that one of Miller/Thomas/Fast will be able to play 3rd line duties, which I don't think is too much to ask for, considering Miller played the third line for a ton of last season.

We could upgrade our third pairing with a Zidlicky like signing if Big Mac isn't ready, and upgrade our fourth line with a Nystrom like signing. Otherwise, let the kids play.
You are also assuming that Kreider can produce in a top 6/1st line role throughout the season, and that Brassard can finally become a dependable 2nd line C. Add that to the 2 rookies on the 3rd line assumption and you really ahve to start questioning how much of a competitor this team is. For a team that just fired its coach because a 2nd round exit wasn't good enough, I can't see how they can go into next season with that lineup and expect to go further

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