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06-25-2013, 10:42 PM
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If a good trade doesn't materialize for him, I'd like Read to start on Couturier's wing, along with a player like Chad LaRose. I wouldn't mind Gagne or even Talbot as the other winger. However, as much as it is a good exercise to ponder for the health of Couturier's development, filling a 3rd line wing position isn't where Paul Holmgren's brain cells should be congregating at this point in the off-season. Priorities are:
- 1B (1A?) goaltender
- Possible top-pairing defenseman: who might be available and for how much?
- Scoring winger for 2nd line with Schenn / Simmonds

I'm okay with resigning Gagne as a 2/3-line winger for $2.5 - 3 mil and keeping cap space available to upgrade within the season, since the UFA stock is mediocre.

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