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11-01-2006, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by BLNY View Post
Souray is playing like a man playing for a contract. That definitely benefits us at present. We have another defenceman in the mix that's in the same boat. Markov. Andrei hasn't been nearly as big an impact. He's put up some points, but been wildly erratic in his play. Bad passes, bad clearings, etc. have highlighted his play thus far.

I can't see trading Souray. As mentioned, we have two key people out injured. Until they're back, we really can't think about it. Once back, we have to consider the impact on our PP. Special teams is one of the reasons we're where we are in the standings. Moving Souray adversely affects the PP. Markov has the tools to be the weapon Souray is, but doesn't put them to use like Sheldon does.

As for 5 years and $20 million, well I don't see that offer coming. JFJ was foolish enough to do that with McCabe and Kaberle and he's handcuffed because of it. If Souray wants a long term deal, is asking price is going to have to be a lot lower. Otherwise, sign him short term for the dollars he wants and move him when there's a contract in place that will attract some value in return.

Any deal that involves Sheldon has to net us a guy that has the potential to be Souray for us. We can't remove that weapon without having a clear replacement in the mix.
Agree with every point.

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