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12-03-2013, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Ezpz View Post
This guy could potentially be taking a guy like Brady Vail's contract spot though and Vail has a much higher chance of being a 4th liner who is effective on the PK. We also have Fournier, Crisp, potentially DLR, and Dumont to play the PK in Hamilton next season on contracts that count towards the 50 limit. These are normally the type of signings you make with AHL deals like Courtnall, Aliu, MacAulay and Macenauer are/were on. Nothing suggests this guy has more NHL potential than our ECHL level players.

We've already got ~17 contract spots committed to non-roster spots next year and haven't signed Vail, Thrower, Crisp, Nystrom or Bennett yet. Lehkonen and DLR also aren't signed with their current clubs beyond this season and could potentially play in Hamilton as 19 year olds if we feel it's best for their development. If you're going to give a guy like this an ELC you couldashoulda at least wait and see how much room you have instead of having to work around his contract.
You should send this post to Bergevin...I'm sure the subtleties of managing an NHL organization escape him...

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