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01-13-2014, 12:09 PM
Darth Joker
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I agree in theory with DAChampion's opening post, but the problem is that the players we need to put us over the top are the hardest to acquire...

1) A 30-goal sniping winger.

2) A big, tough, Top 4 defensive D.

We don't necessarily need both, but we need at least one of the two to have a real shot of winning a weak East and "getting lucky" in the finals. Of the two, that 30-goal sniping winger is the bigger need (since Emelin and Gorges on their good days fill out a good Top 4 along with Subban and Markov).

If a 30-goal sniping winger comes on the market, and we can acquire him without depleting our core, then by all means, go for it. But those guys aren't always on the market, and so MB might not have the chance to go for it.

It's a shame that our main needs aren't, say, a 3rd line center and more depth on D. Then I'd 100% say "go for it", and make those trades happen. But no, we really need a sniper to put us over the top, and that's a hard piece to acquire.

In any event, we're definitely too good to tank. Anybody hoping for a Markov sell trade really needs to drop that total fantasy at this point. Nobody that's Top 3 in their division is going to trade a Markov in a sell trade. It just does not happen in the NHL.

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