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07-05-2013, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Souffle View Post
I stayed away from this topic until now because my visceral reaction was: Blech.

I don't really know what to make of it. Maybe it's just to replace Ryder as a scoring specialist. In that case, I'm not sure there's much loss or gain. Seems like a wash overall. Yes, smaller and less durable, but craftier and more versatile, more of a playoff performer, and about the same in dollars (adjusted for taxes) and term as re-signing Ryder.

I guess I'm still left wondering if this acquisition is to give Bergevin a parachute to make other moves. Just replacing Ryder with Briere is okay enough. Not great, but whatever. But Briere can be a centre. That's where it gets hard to divine what Bergevin might be thinking about Plekanec, Eller, Galchenyuk and Desharnais. None of those guys really belong on the wing.

Wait and see. Staying neutral for now.
I'm ok with Eller on the wing if it is on one of the top two lines.

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