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12-13-2006, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Diogenes View Post
Neither Kovalev nor Samsonov will be traded because the acquiring team would have to take on their salaries. The GMs would have to think twice even if the caps are raised. There are better bargains out there. Perhaps Carbonneau will get around to pairing Kovalev with Koivu and uniting Plekanec with Perezhogin and Kostitsyn or Ryder.

If Bonk and Johnson are let go, Gainey would have to replace them on a third line with with less experienced players who probably would not perform as well in their first season together. This is unfortunate. I doubt whether a line of Perezhogin-Lapierre-Ferland, for example, would have equivalent +/- ratings. Maybe Kostitsyn would be a better choice than Ferland, and maybe Lapierre belongs on the fourth line.

Cutting Murray and Downey would be logical but the savings would be peanuts.

One player who could easily be spared next season is Aebischer. Other savings could come from paring the glut of Dmen. It would be a shame to lose Markov or Souray, though. Rivet isn't indispensable. Niinimaa certainly isn't.

I'd go out on a limb and predict that Plekanec's numbers will be much better next season.
Imo, we'll definitely find a way to lose Samsonov or Kovalev...if not, we'll lose Ryder (no question about it). Ryder will probably be asking for 2.5-3m+ if he puts up 25-30 goals, which we could afford if we resign the more important players; Higgins, will at least get 2m, Plekanec for 1m, Perez for 1m, Komisarek should be in for near 2m, Markov will be 4m+, and at least one of Souray or Rivet will be re-signed and could run up 4m+ (Souray).

Even if it's only for a 4th-5th round pick and a little bit of salary dump, Gainey will try to get one of the russians on their way out, instead of Ryder (imo).

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