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07-09-2013, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Because our area of greatest need, by far, is on defense. Spending up to the cap in July puts us in a position where we will have to make some ugly, painful moves down the road if we want to make even a marginal upgrade on defense.

I'd be as excited as the next guy to land Jagr, but in terms of making the Carolina Hurricanes a competitive team for the foreseeable future, I don't think it makes sense to spend our remaining cap room on this player.
If we want to make an upgrade on defense *this year*, this is perhaps true -- but I would argue that we have already made a "marginal upgrade on defense", and perhaps more than a marginal upgrade, especially considering that we replaced a poor backup goalie made the D look even worse.

But if we want to make an upgrade on defense "down the road", then a deadline deal is pretty much the worst time to do that. Yes, a Jagr deal would likely signify that this year's roster is settled -- but it wouldn't say anything about next year's.

--hank

(Also: in a pinch, I believe Jagr could be our #1 defenseman.)

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