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12-03-2013, 02:38 PM
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I would like this team FOR ONCE to address needs and actually figure out what kind of team they want.

There's some buy low candidates we could look at and some players who could grow with the core, but aren't quite so buy low.

Connolly is a great one. Having a real down year, but fits and is exactly the type of player we should look at.
I know Philly is in our division, but I would still pay so much for Schenn. He's exactly the type of guy we should look to build around.
R. Murphy in Carolina is another. He's going to be a star RH PPQB.

I love Callahan, but I'd like to get players with his style of play who are younger.

If we're still struggling in the middle of the season, let's just look and try and build a team that will last for a while and actually works. Staal, Girardi, Callahan, Del Zotto and our scraps can be made available.

Keep Kreider, Stepan, Nash, Hagelin. Players who have demonstrated they work. Dorsett and Boyle have been great on the 4th line. Boyle lost all offense to his game and should come cheaper. Zuccarello has added excellent PKing (his long stick doesnt hurt) and speed to his game and he's been fine.

Stralman has been a great addition to our defense. Retaining him for something like 3.5x4 would be perfect.

Look for deals like
Staal+2nd for Murphy+1st
Girardi for Koekkoek+Connolly (might be a bit rich for Tampa)
Callahan will easily garner a 1st and a good prospect.
Package that 1st from Callahan with Del Zotto for Schenn.

I like Byfuglien. A lot. But we should look to find players who can grow and stay together for a long time. Find a young version of him. Lock the guys up to long term deals when you can, the cap will go up and we'll be able to retain everyone.

These deals weaken us temporarily, but they're done on the basis of improving quickly. We have a deep prospect base. Kristo, Miller, Fast, McIlrath, Lindberg. Some of them will flop. But we can expect 2-3 good NHLers from this crop within 2 years.

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