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01-09-2014, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Off Sides View Post
Maybe not just Lundqvist and Carcillo, but looking at the larger picture

They just spent a ton on renovations
Their franchise value is going up at unprecedented percentages
They are involved with Chase
Their ticket sales are perfect, they can raise prices every year
They traded for Nash who is not getting any younger
They traded for Clowe last year
They started their draft in the 3rd last draft
They signed Lundqvist as a 31/32 year old next season going forward
They added a vet over playing a rookie

To me that all adds up to them not taking any step back here regardless if the UFA to be players sign or not pre-deadline, I think they keep all of them for the playoffs.
That's the key word, obviously. Will we be there? There are 14 games left until the Olympic break. If the team goes .500 or worse during that stretch, dealing Girardi is probable and Callahan is not out of the question either. However, if the team goes 10-3-1, obviously there are tougher decisions to make. In that case I would probably keep the team together and hope to resign at least one of the two after the season.

Keep in mind that after a 2-6 start, we've put together a stretch that would be good for about the 4th or 5th seed in the conference. Was the 2-6 start just an adjustment period to AV's system? I think we'll get an answer over the next 14 games before the break, and making a decision before then would not be the smart thing to do IMO.

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