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07-19-2013, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
Unless you think last year was a complete fluke we are two pieces away. A top 6/9 player with size and a D that can clear the crease. If we wait to find those guys via the draft then we will also need another top-pairing D when Markov is gone, and another couple top-6 wingers at least one of whom has size to replace Bourque and Gionta. Then you have to figure at least one of Emelin or Diaz if not both will head to free agency next year so we will need replacements for them as well. I know we have great drafting but we are talking 5-6 quality NHLers and one Elite one. That's asking a lot.
Beaulieu will take Markovs spot and at the quality Markov showed at times that's not a reach

Tinordi easily replaces gorges and brings actual physicality and offense

Gallgher is already better than gio...

Galchenyuk will be a better Plekanec, maybe a little less defensively but way more skill and offense

McCarron or DLR can take Bourques spot, I hope he doesn't regress this year but he's a huge question mark

Add to that Collberg, Eller (who we don't even have comparisons for now) and all the other prospects we have a great team coming, it would be a shame to trade that for 1-2 years of a 30+ yo for a cup run we aren't prepared for

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