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07-24-2013, 11:57 AM
Chili Goal
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Originally Posted by Aiastelmon View Post
The best thing to do with Orpik IMO is to let him eat some limited minutes for us this year, and begin to scale back those minutes as Depres and other young D gain experience, trade him as the deadline approaches to a contender out west for picks/prospects or whatever roster needs we have then.

Lots of teams will want him for the stretch run. The other option is to just ride him out through this year's playoffs, he'll be playing for a job next year, and you should get some decent use out of him.

Under no circumstances should we ever resign the guy though. That's the only real mistake we can make with him.
the bolded part is what I believe will happen. last playoffs' disappointment aside, we will again be in contention if reasonably healthy, and this year's "all in" decision will be keeping 44 as a lame duck. the justification will be that he's worth more to us during a cup run than any return he might fetch in trade.

MAYBE they trade his UFA rights after the season, but even that I doubt. it sort of sucks, because he likely would bring a nice young forward back, but it is what it is.

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